May 11th through May 17th marks Food Allergy Awareness Week. Roughly 15 million Americans have food allergies and the numbers are rising. Statistics vary, but chances are, if you have a child in school, at least one, and perhaps up to three, of their classmates will have a diagnosed food allergy.
I am a food allergy mom. I live with the daily knowledge that a peanut butter sandwich could cause my daughter to have an anaphylactic reaction. We are a peanut free household for that reason. Our trips to the grocery store involve more time reading labels and taking precautions like not buying grapes if they are displayed with bulk nuts.
I’m proud to support food allergy research. If your life has been affected by food allergies, consider supporting research to understand why rates are increasing and how to prevent the body’s attack on nutrient rich food. Let’s face it, if you’ve ever complained about not getting a pack of peanuts on an airplane, food allergies have touched your life.
To learn more or support research, visit Food Allergy Research and Education.