What is a Food Allergy?
A food allergy happens when the body reacts towards a particular food in a way as if it is harmful to the body. So the body’s immune system creates anti-bodies to fight the substance in the food which causes the allergy.
What happens when you have a Food Allergy?
When someone who is allergic to certain foods, comes into contact with the foods by touching, eating or even just inhaling the food particles, the body will “protect” itself by releasing different bodily chemicals or reactions.
These chemical reactions include allergic symptoms which can affect the:
- Respiratory system,
- Gastrointestinal tract,
- Skin, or
- Cardiovascular system.
These allergic symptoms might include:
- Runny nose;
- Itchy skin rash;
- Tingling sensation in the tongue, lips, or throat;
- Swelling of the eyes, mouth, tongue, throat or other body parts;
- Abdominal pain;
Food Allergy VS Food Intolerance
We must be cautious that food allergies are not the same as food intolerance.
Some of the symptoms of food intolerance include:
- loose stools,
- nervousness, or
- a feeling of being uncomfortably warm
Food intolerance is, for example, the inability to digest certain compounds in a food such as lactose in milk. It feels uncomfortable to experience food intolerance but it is usually not life threatening.
What should you do when you notice Food Allergy symptoms?
Food allergies are common in children. In the US alone, studies suggest 1 in 13 children have food allergies. If you notice your child exhibiting allergic symptoms after consuming or being in contact with certain types of foods, it is necessary to consult a doctor.
To assist your doctor in diagnosing your child’s allergies, it is recommended to inform your doctor of these 4 points:
- Note down your child’s symptoms,
- How often the reactions occur,
- How long does it take for the allergic reaction to occur after being in contact with the food,
- Does anyone in the family have any allergies or have eczema or asthma.
Your doctor will look into any other conditions in relation to your child’s food allergies and may also recommend you to refer to an allergy specialist if he suspects that your child is suffering from food allergies. The allergy specialise may do further tests such as a skin test by pricking your child’s skin with fluid extracts of certain foods to test for allergic reactions.
There is no cure for food allergies. Some medications can be taken to relief the symptoms in certain mild or severe cases. Some children also grow out of their food allergies as they turn into adults.
One of the best way to prevent an allergic attack is to avoid the foods that trigger it.
Top 27 Allergy Foods Kids Should AVOID
While the major 3 food allergens are wheat, egg and dairy, the Japanese government authority has identified and listed several other allergy causing foods that should be avoided.
The Japanese government has consolidated a total of 27 allergy trigger foods which should be avoided by children to prevent allergy attacks. The list is constantly being monitored and revised if necessary by the related Japanese government agencies.
7 of these allergen trigger foods are mandatory and should definitely be avoided by young children as they are found to be the cause of the largest number and most serious allergic cases. The 7 mandatory foods to avoid are:
- Cow’s Milk and
In addition, there are 20 recommended foods to avoid if a child has a possibility of allergic reactions. These 20 foods are only recommended to be avoided as reported allergy cases with regards to consumption of these foods are either small in number; serious cases are infrequent; or scientific knowledge is not always sufficient at the present time. The 20 recommended foods to avoid are:
- Salmon roe,
- Cashew nut,
- “Matsutake” mushrooms,
- Apples and
It would be wise to avoid these 27 allergen trigger foods to be safe and enjoy many other foods without fear of having an allergy attack.
Safe eating doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless. There are many foods which are allergen-free and yet very delicious! Adults and kids can also enjoy desserts and tasty treats which are allergen free!
Nogi Sweets are made in Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku, Japan. Their sweet treats are made of a base of 100% rice flour that is produced locally in Kagawa prefecture. It is wheat-free, eggless and dairy-free, which is basically food allergen-free.
All Nogi Sweet’s products are made from organic and natural ingredients which are carefully sourced from Japan locally and globally from sustainable producers. They are handmade with love by a group of local Japanese women who bake each piece of cookie with their heart and care.
Nogi Sweets has a wide range of delectable treats, cookies and snacks for adults and children. Here we will show you some of the delightful children’s cookies Nogi Sweets has developed especially for children that are healthy, nutritionally balanced, tasty and fun!
None of the 27 allergen causing ingredients are used. These are gluten-free and non-allergenic cookies which are as tasty as regular cookies. People with food allergies can safely enjoy them. These are healthy cookies that is made by combining rice flour and fruit powders. No wheat flour or white sugar is used. It is also eggless and dairy-free.
Natural ingredients and non-allergenic formulas are used to make these delicious morsels of delight. Everyone can enjoy them without feeling guilty or fear allergy attacks. The light healthy taste and cute shapes are fun & tasty for everyone!
There are also cookies made with natural vegetable juices and powders for an added nutritional boost. Picky eaters who dislike vegetables can enjoy the nutritional benefits of beetroot, purple sweet potato and spinach in these vege-cookies that are packed full of goodness.
Nogi Sweets’ treats and cookies also have some uniquely Japanese tasted incorporated into them such as Miso Lemon, Matcha Green Tea and Soy Pulp Powder Kinako in beautiful gift box which showcases the local Japanese culture. Perfect sweet treat gift for anybody, especially persons who have food allergies.
Safe, Allergy-free & Gluten-free eating doesn’t have to taste like cardboard. Enjoy delicious treats anytime, anywhere with tasty Nogi Sweets confections.