Hidden Holiday Food Allergens

Hidden Holiday Food Allergens Infographic

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Summary: Hidden Holiday Food Allergens

Holidays that revolve around food can truly be challenges for families raising children with food allergies. Here are some common allergens found in traditional family meals.

  • Holiday cookies: wheat, nuts, dairy, eggs
  • Self-basting turkey: soy, wheat, dairy
  • Green bean casserole: dairy, wheat
  • Sauces and salad dressings: fish, shellfish, eggs, dairy
  • Vegan or "dairy-free" spreads, dips, and dressings: tree nuts, legumes, soy
  • Sweet Potato Casserole: dairy, tree nuts, egg
  • Pies: dairy, wheat, peanut and tree nuts, egg

 

7 Tips to Prevent Food Allergy Worries

  1. Tell the host about food allergies in advance
  2. Offer to bring an allergen-safe dish
  3. Offer to show recipes to guests who have food allergies
  4. Keep food packaging for guests to review
  5. Avoid cross-contamination during food preparation and serving
  6. Everyone should always wash their hands with soap and water before and after meals
  7. Have your epinephrine auto-injector with you at all times, and remember…”No epi, no eating!”

 

More Information on Holiday Food Allergies

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