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The Allergic Girl Who Saved Her Own Birthday Party

When her 8th birthday party was cancelled due to a food allergy risks, Mirella dug deep, stayed positive, and celebrated in her own special way. Read her inspiring story here.

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Blood Test Predicts Food Allergy and Severity

The outlook for effective food allergy testing is growing brighter.

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Required Reading With Food Allergies or Celiac Disease

In the confusing landscape of food labels, assumptions are risky but knowledge is power. Every day for the past month, my son reiterated his discomfort – “My stomach hurts, Mom.” Finally, I identified the culprit. The dairy-free margarine we had used for years was now listing one of his allergens as an ingredient: pea protein. We stopped using the product immediately and […]

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Need to Know: Oats and the Gluten-Free Diet

The subject of oats and the gluten-free diet can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know.

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How to Reduce the Risk of Cross-Contact of Gluten when Dining Out

How many times have you closed your eyes, taken a bite and thought: “I hope this doesn’t make me sick?” For those of us with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, that question arises every time we put food in our mouths. Dietary compliance can seem like a black-and-white issue. You either stick to your diet, or you don’t. But there is a gray area, […]

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Are Spices Safe for a Gluten-Free Diet?

Gluten can hide on the spice shelf. But with a little precaution, you can keep your favorite flavors. Herbs and spices have been used in foods and medicines for thou- sands of years by many cultures, and prized for their unique scents and flavors. Fresh or dried leaves, such as basil, dill, parsley, rosemary and thyme, would be examples of herbs. […]

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‘May Contains’ on Canadian Food Labels

Note: For the U.S. version of this article, click here. They can be seen on the labels of cracker boxes, granola bars, cans of soup and many other products on grocery stores shelves. Precautionary statements, or “may contains”, warn customers that traces of an allergenic food might unintentionally have wound up in a packaged food. […]

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