Celebs are known to go on fad diets to get red carpet ready in an instant — Dukan diet anyone? But these days, it's their kids who are following the unusual eating habits. More than just picky eaters, these little ones are removing wheat, nuts, and meat from their menus due to allergies and health. As we celebrate World Vegetarian Day today, take a look at six Tinseltown tots moving beyond the children's menu and eating differently than other children in the cafeteria.
If you've ever wondered just how serious a peanut allergy can be, a California family and popular camp sadly discovered the harsh truth. Parents say 13-year-old Natalie Giorgi was born with a peanut allergy and taught to be "exceedingly cautious" about what she ate. But while sitting in semidarkness around a campfire at Camp Sacramento — a family camp — she bit into a Rice Krispies treat that had been topped with peanut icing and immediately had an allergic reaction. Although Giorgi was administered a dose of Benadryl and three EpiPen injections by her father, who happens to be a doctor, they did not help, and she stopped breathing. Emergency personnel performed CPR, and she was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
"While our hearts are breaking over the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter Natalie, it is our hope that others can learn from this and realize that nut and food allergies are life-threatening," her parents said in a statement. "Caution and care for those (afflicted) should always be supported and taken."
One of the fruits most loved by toddlers are strawberries. It's like candy to them! Whip up an all-natural strawberry chia pudding — chia is a great source of omega-3 and a great alternative for kids who don't like to eat fish — as dessert or as a special breakfast, and we're sure it'll get a rave review! Even if your tot doesn't follow a vegan diet, this is a must-try recipe! It's quick, easy, and altogether yummy.
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From peanuts to shellfish to wheat gluten to dairy, the list of foods that cause people problems seems to get longer every year. But while some people actually suffer from food allergies, others are just dealing with food intolerance.
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Peanut allergies have become surprisingly more common recently, and it's scary to think that taking an innocent bite of an energy bar fortified with peanut flour could end with fatal results. Scientists have been trying to figure out the cause of this life-threatening condition, but it looks like now they may have found a way to cure peanut allergies.
A recent study at Duke University Medical Center helped five children, who previously suffered from severe peanut allergies, to eat peanuts with no reaction. Over several years, scientists gave the children small amounts of peanuts, and with time, their bodies learned to tolerate the allergen. Using oral immunotherapy, the kids started eating minuscule amounts of peanut flour equal to one thousandth of a peanut, and worked their way up to the equivalent of 15 peanuts. The results from this pilot study seem promising to the more than 3.3 million people who suffer from peanut allergies, but the scientists still need to track the children for a few more years to make sure the treatment cured them permanently.
The season of ragweed is upon us. Are your allergies causing some post nasal drip issues? When your nose creates mucus to trap allergens and germs, a thin film of this stream of goo travels down the back of your throat.
Your body then disposes of these microorganisms through your digestive system (that grosses me out a bit even though I know it is perfectly natural).
Under normal circumstances, when ragweed is not spreading its billions of pollen spores about, you swallow the mucus unknowingly. When you're producing more mucus than usual, you may feel the postnasal drip accumulating in the back of your throat, or at least irritating it.
Here are a few ways the Mayo Clinic suggests you deal with the drip!
- Steer clean of irritants. Substances that bug your nose will stimulate mucus production so avoid cigarette smoke and sudden temperature changes — like going from extreme heat into air conditioning, for instance.
- Stay hydrated: Water is the answer! Drinking plenty of water will help with this postnasal mucus and therefore make it easier to swallow.
- Use a humidifier: Moist air helps keep the mucus thin as well.
- Neti Pot: Saltwater rinses with a neti pot help rid your nose of mucus building irritants. If you don't "neti" try an over the counter saline spray to thin your mucus and get rid of irritants. You can always make you own solution by dissolving 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 2 cups of warm water.
- Talk to your Doc: If none of the above suggestions help, contact you doctor and hopefully he or she can help.
A few weeks ago, Yum and I were discussing peanut allergies. The allergy - which leaves many unable to consume the childhood staple of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches - affects thousands of schools, children, and families . Even the smallest amount of peanut oil can cause severe reactions. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a magical way to cure peanut allergies? He's no magician, but Mohamed Ahmedna, a food science professor may have discovered an enzyme that will reduce the effect of peanut allergies. The enzyme locates the peanut allergies in the body and deactivates them before any shock reactions can form.
If additional research confirms Ahmedna's findings, more people, many of them young children, will be able to eat peanuts and peanut-containing products safely. Food processors will be able to use peanuts more freely. New peanut-based products could be created.
While there is very positive hope that the peanut-allergy fighting enzymes will be mass marketed and produced, Ahmedna's findings have yet to be reviewed by the scientific community. Once the enzyme has been patented, the studies will be released.
Do you know anyone with a peanut allergy? Pass the positive news along!
About 1% of the U.S. population has a peanut allergy. The percentage may seem small, but since reactions can be fatal, finding a way to prevent it is becoming increasingly important. Many schools even ban peanut butter from children's bagged lunches.
That's why this news is so promising. Progress has been made in desensitizing children with peanut allergies using a form of immunotherapy - a common form is allergy shots.
For years, allergists have injected patients with tiny amounts of the allergens that bother them, be it bee stings or pollen, and their bodies have built up a tolerance for them. So when they come in contact with something they are allergic to in the future, their bodies recognize it, and their reaction is next to nothing.
Dr. Scott David Nash from Duke University conducted a study with his team. They decided to try Oral Peanut Immunotherapy. They gave 8 children with known peanut allergies, increasing doses of peanut protein in the form of a flour mixed with applesauce.
The entire test took about 2 years, beginning with trace amounts of peanuts, and working up to eating the equivalent of 1 peanut a day for the last 18 months.
At the end of the study, the 7 children (1 dropped out) who completed it were given a "food challenge" involving 8g of peanut flour, or about 13 peanuts. 5 of the 7 children passed the challenge. This study showed that their immune systems developed a growing tolerance to peanuts.
This is incredible news for people with peanut allergies. The fear they live with, worrying everyday whether or not they'll accidentally touch or eat something containing peanuts is way too agonizing. This gives them some much needed hope.