Tag: Allergy

Everything You Need to Know About Histamine Intolerance

19 August, 2020 No Comments

This article was originally written on August 19, 2020 and updated on April 14, 2021. What is histamine? Histamine is a chemical compound derived from the amino acid histidine. It is known for its role in the body’s immune response to foreign proteins, especially the allergic response. During an allergic reaction, antibodies cause histamine to […]

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Allergy, Intolerance, and Food Sensitivity: What Is the Difference?

It is possible to react to the consumption of certain foods through various symptoms such as digestive issues, migraines, rashes, or others. Symptoms can occur at any period during the course of a lifetime. How do you know if it is an allergy, intolerance, or food sensitivity, and how can you identify which foods are […]

What Are Sulphites and Sulphite Sensitivity

6 September, 2017 No Comments

Sulphites are one of the top 10 allergens identified by Health Canada. They also have a bad reputation…. They’re blamed for a plethora of problems, from migraines to allergic reactions. But what’s the real situation? Allow me to share what sulphites really are, how to identify them in foods, as well as a solution for […]

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Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference: Three news

Nutrition is a constantly and rapidly evolving science. So much so that it can be difficult to stay abreast of the latest revelations relating to nutrition. That’s why I recently took part in the Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference St. John’s. I found the 3 days enriching, and I was able to meet dietitians specialized […]

Common Allergies: Nuts, Fish and Seafood, Sesame

In the last two articles, we covered Peanuts, Wheat, Milk, Mustard, Eggs, and Soy. This week, we’ll look at nuts, fish and seafood, and sesame.

Common Allergies: Mustard, Eggs, Soy

In our last common allergies article, we covered peanuts, wheat, and milk. In this article, we’ll look at three more common allergies that are a little less obvious: mustard, eggs, and soy.

Clever Tips for Travelling with Food Allergies

“She won’t be able to eat anything during our trip! Why has she chosen this destination?” That’s the kind of reaction provoked by my trip to Thailand with my friend Vanessa, who happens to be seriously allergic to peanuts. Complicated? Dangerous? Daring? Travelling when you have food allergies provides a challenge at every meal. However, […]

Common Food Allergies: Peanuts, Wheat, and Milk

Food and health organisations have made life easier for people who live with food allergies. Here in Canada, the most common food allergies must be labelled on products in a way that’s fast and easy for consumers to understand. However, in a world where every bit of a product is used, labels aren’t always enough. In […]

Five Reasons to Disregard Food Sensitivity Tests

For the past four years, I have wanted to request CBC Marketplace do an expose on the increasingly popular, “food sensitivity tests”.  These blood tests cost around $500-$700 and screen over 250 different foods to determine which foods you are “sensitive” to.  Awareness needs to be raised as millions of well-intentioned consumers are being swindled by […]

All About Food Allergies and Allergens

2 August, 2016 2 Comments

An allergen is a substance which can cause an allergic reaction. Food is one of the most common allergens, but in actual fact it is specific food components (proteins) that are recognized by the immune system and could set off such a reaction. These allergenic proteins are usually very stable even when heated (exceptions exist), […]

Seasonal allergies: Foods to avoid and foods to favour

Springtime is a difficult time for those who suffer from seasonal allergies because their immune systems react excessively to normally inoffensive stimuli, like pollen. The body identifies pollen as an invader and to fight, generates a chemical called histamine which normally protects the body. It’s what produces the usual symptoms of seasonal allergies: coughing, sniffling, […]

Food Allergy Horrors at Halloween

29 October, 2013 1 Comment

When you have a child suffering from a food allergy, Halloween celebrations are sure to make you break out into a cold sweat. Here are some tips to enjoy the party in total safety.

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