Food Allergies

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Food Allergies

If you or someone close to you has a food allergy, then you already know how challenging life can be. In my case it was my daughter having a peanut allergy, that led me to starting my business Goodness Goodies.

The key theme of Allergy Awareness Week 2024 is ‘childhood food allergy’, which is very fitting with more children than ever suffering from a restricted diet due to an allergy. There are positives. Even in my daughter’s short life there have been encouraging breakthroughs in medical studies like those made in NHS hospitals through funding from the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation. Children are given foods that they are allergic to during trials and are showing dramatic signs of improvement. It’s so encouraging to see studies making these in-roads. It wasn’t that long ago that we were refused such trials as Seren, my eldest daughter was so badly allergic to peanuts they said there would be no point in giving her peanut protein. To know in a few years since this refusal that controlled trials are taking place is extremely pleasing to hear.

In this blog we’ll cover the most common food allergies. In addition, here on this website we are in the process of making some changes to the website so that common allergens are identified, and products can be sorted accordingly to make for easier shopping. We are simply trying to make the website more customer friendly for those shopping for or with food allergies. Whilst highlighting some excellent allergy awareness events that raise awareness about all allergies together with the difficulties people with allergies experience. FARE and Allergy UK are two organisations who deserve a mention at this point for their work.

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Please find a link to a short video in which FARE give a comprehensive guide to Food Allergies. Stating that the most common allergies are peanuts, tree nuts, milk and eggs.

Goodness Goodies started as a free from store and currently has a range of foods that are nut free, gluten free and dairy free. We are always sourcing new products that are not readily available to ensure no needs to miss out on old favourites. We try to plug the hole with our exclusive and niche range. Our range is always growing to ensure we provide the choice we set out to do provide at the start of the Goodness Goodies journey which was to make sure no one is left out because of allergies or dietary choices.

Food Labels

Whether you have recently received a food allergy diagnosis or have been managing dietary restrictions for a while, navigating the aisles can be a complex challenge.

Whilst you should have received a list of foods to avoid upon diagnosis, understanding product labels extends beyond a checklist: Does vegan mean it’s safe for my milk and egg allergic child? What does ‘may contain’ mean? Is ‘free-from’ safe?

Navigating food labels can be challenging as laws and products continue to change. Find out more here

Upcoming events

I will be at the Allergy and Free From Show taking place on June 22nd – 23rd, 2024, at Olympia London. If you’d like to meet me at the show to discuss my food distribution business Goodness Goodies Distribution or even Goodness Goodies then please do get in touch.

Summary

A food allergy is where your body reacts to certain foods. It’s often mild but can be very serious for some people. Both my children and husband have nut allergies. They have been prescribed epi pens, but we are fortunate that so far, we have never had to use them and that is simply because one mouthful of the food they are allergic to (and its different for each child) a reaction occurs, and they immediately stop eating the food and we immediately give them an anti-histamine. I am grateful that my now 11 can swallow tablets and has been able to since she had her very first and very serious reaction some years ago. I always ensure they both carry anti histamines as do I. It is incredibly scary when they have a reaction and really does take them a day or two to recover.

I am also grateful that there is also so much support and awareness available now. I am also proud that Goodness Goodies started because of witnessing my own daughter hate her allergies because she could not eat the same food as everyone else and being made to feel different when she just wanted to feel the same. Goodness Goodies provides the food that are safe to be eaten ensuring the website is clear and sourcing food that is safe for people to eat which also provides inclusivity. Whether that is a child wanting to toast a vegan marshmallow at the campfire with friends or at outdoor clubs because they are follow a vegan, Halal or Kosher diet. Or the stroopwafel for a celiac to enjoy because there are no traces of wheat in the production or the chocolate bar that is nut free. Goodness Goodies creates inclusivity. No one should ever be left out because of diet choices or allergies.

Useful links

allergyuk.org/blog/stories/willows-story
allergyfacts.org.au/faw
nhs.uk/conditions/food-allergy