Food Allergies On The Rise – It’s not just me folks. There’s an app for allergies.

Food allergies are a subject that I avoid along with foods that cause me allergic reactions.  People have shown angry responses to my dilemma. Others are understanding. (Thank you!)

Well, make sense doesn’t it? I have reactions like hives to crab; symptoms of itching to a closing throat, when I encounter grape seeds and calamari; choking (hard to breathe) to pine nuts – need my inhaler for that reaction. And once there was an unpleasant side effect, when I ate a chestnut puree crepe, for the first and last time, in Paris. Maple syrup has crept into lots of recipes to replace other sweeteners, alas. My body reacts to that as well.

And then there are the people, who have no clue and don’t understand about what it’s like to eat foods that produce an allergic response. It’s not that I don’t like these foods, it’s my body reacting…in somewhat dramatic ways.

I have met very few people with food allergies. Recently I talked to someone who has some food allergies. That was a relief of sorts.

“Food Allergy Prevalence Is Rising

According to the CDC, there was an 18 percent increase in the incidence of food allergy among children under 18 between 1997 and 2007 in the United States. Though NIAID researchers have identified several risk factors for developing food allergy, scientists have not found a cause for this rise in food allergy prevalence.” ~ NIH: National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease ~

As many as 15 million people have food allergies – an estimated 9 million or 4% of adults and almost 6 million or 8% of children have food allergies. ~


Alicia the cooking and cake making goddess is allergic to sesame oil, which is used in cooking Asian foods. When dining out with her family, Alicia is careful to ask if the dish has sesame oil. That’s caution, not being picky.

Mostly I like to eat more whole foods. As my diet is cleaned up, I feel better. Over the years I notice eating processed foods can make me feel unwell. A person could be sensitive to any of the many additives in processed and packaged foods. I read labels before I buy food.

My brother once said to me, if it comes in a can or a package, don’t eat it. That’s a hard line dictum. Yet when I hear that in my head, I stop to think about the food I consume. Taking time to make a simple meal from fresh ingredients is pleasurable. The ubiquitous nature of convenience foods in the supermarkets normalizes packaged foods. There seems to be less and less fresh foodstuff in stores.

Where is this going? Our environmental health and source of our foods is more in question than ever. That’s a good thing. More people are buying fresh foods hopefully. More awareness around food allergies is being generated. For someone like me, who has food allergies, tolerance is appreciated.

I found this great app for WedMD on allergies.  It’s a clever and extensive resource on allergies and asthma. The articles are very helpful. (Yes, I have seasonal allergies.)


WebMD Allergy App

“Based on the allergies you have, the free WebMD Allergy app for iPhone or Google play will help you prepare for each day with a personalized allergy and weather forecast along with doctor-approved tips that can be customized to you and your family’s specific allergies.

The WebMD Allergy app helps you to control your allergy symptoms by showing you the allergy levels in your area before you start your day. Whenever. Wherever.” – WebMD Allergy App

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Have a good day where ever you may be.




About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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8 Responses to Food Allergies On The Rise – It’s not just me folks. There’s an app for allergies.

  1. This is a great post! I have food allergies myself, so I totally understand what you’re going through. I actually just did a post on allergic living which can be found here:
    Happy blogging!

    • kunstkitchen says:

      Hi Rachel, thanks for sharing your food allergy story with me. It sounds like you have more severe responses than I do. Nut allergies are serious. Pine nuts are my scariest allergy. your blog addresses the difference between and allergy, which is an auto-immune response and a sensitivity. Thanks for explaining that important fact. Stay healthy in 2018. 🙂

  2. Hilda says:

    I sympathize with anyone with food allergies – I know lots of them. The only allergy I have experienced, and only in recent years – is hay fever – and I presume that’s what the app is for. I have no idea what causes mine, so that wouldn’t help me, but I have found that my remedy of golden rod works wonders not just for me but for anyone with similar symptoms. Maybe they should add that to their app.

    • kunstkitchen says:

      Thanks Hilda. The app is much more than that as it is very informative about allergies and asthma. Also tracks and lists major allergens for each day and adapts to where you travel automatically. Thanks for your understanding. Have a good holiday.

  3. I don’t know why anybody would be angry with you about your allergies. That’s silly. My doctor once told me that food allergies come and go as we mature. For instance, in my twenties I became allergic to cashews. Now, I’m not. She also said how much you ate could determine the reaction.

    • kunstkitchen says:

      Oh thanks, Ray. It’s a weird world. A few people…don’t like flaws. It’s the herd rule about health – something is wrong with you. You are not acceptable. One of the allergy sites, that I read during my research for the post, showed a pic of a teenager who was bullied for his allergy/asthma. Geesch. Tis true about the come and go. Mine are not going any more. But hey! Ever the optimist, I try to live healthy.

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