Monday, August 26, 2013

Food additives and Allergies

More and more foods we eat have additives.  These are chemicals that the food industry adds to food to color, flavor, preserve, and keep them emulsified. 

Just like anything else, you can be allergic to these additives.  In the allergy world we refer to them as hidden food ingredients.

What are some symptoms you might be reacting to food additives?
  • Hives,
  • Nasuea,
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain/cramping
  • Rashes
What are common food additives that cause allergic reaction?
  • Food dyes
  • Cinnaminic aldehyde (a common flavor enhancer)
  • Propolyene glycol
  • Benzoic acid
  • alpha tocopherol
What should you do if you suspect a hidden food ingredient is causing your symptoms?
  • Speak with an allergist about being tested to see if this is triggering your symptoms.
  • Be prepared to provide a detailed diet history along with when your syptoms are happening.

Want to talk to me about your symptoms?  Please call the office at 212-679-3574 or email me at jcollins@grammercy.com.  As always you are welcome to visit our website to learn more.

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