Top tips for dining out with food allergies
May 23rd, 2013
03:45 PM ET
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Whether it's a special occasion or a Saturday night, for many Americans, dining out is one of life's great pleasures.

However, for the millions of Americans with severe life-threatening food allergies, dining out can feel like a minefield.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the top eight foods that cause 90% of food allergic reactions are: dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts and tree nuts. However, anyone can be allergic to anything at any time.

So how do you avoid your allergens without avoiding your life? Here are my top strategies for dining out with a severe, life-threatening food allergy - keeping in mind that if at any point you don't feel heard, understood or safe, don't eat; never risk it.

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  1. Evangeline Hacking

    Food allergy affects an estimated 6 to 8 percent of children under age 5, and about 3 to 4 percent of adults. While there's no cure, some children outgrow their food allergy as they get older. It's easy to confuse a food allergy with a much more common reaction known as food intolerance. While bothersome, food intolerance is a less serious condition that does not involve the immune system. ,:-.

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    June 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
  2. Edwin

    I feel very luck that I don't have any food allergies. I can't even imagine the hurdles that one has to go through for something as simple as a night out.

    May 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
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