Eating out with children who have food allergies

Eating out with children who have food allergies

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Feeding a child with allergies can be a challenge for parents, not only when it comes to shopping, but also when it comes to preparing menus and, above all, eating away from home. The only way to keep allergies under control is to avoid the protein that causes the allergic reaction in the child's diet, which is not easy, considering that although the ingredients are detailed in restaurant menus, the list may not be exhaustive. On our site we give you solutions on how to eat out with children who have food allergies.

It is possible, given that many restaurants are updating to include among their dishes some suitable for allergy sufferers, that sometimes the choice is relatively easy. However, when there is no possibility of choosing a specific dish for allergy sufferers, the child must be taught to be extremely cautious when making a decision about what he can and cannot eat. The sooner they learn to cope with their allergy, the better. Some tips can be taken into account when eating in a restaurant:

- Allergic to eggs: Avoid empanadas, empanadillas or any baked goods with a shiny appearance on the outside, as this shine is generally achieved by varnishing the surface with egg before baking. Ice creams and frozen creams contain eggs, as well as frozen foams, even if they are simply fruit and not cream, since they usually contain egg white as a stabilizer. Basic pasta does not contain eggs, but fresh pasta does, so make sure you make sure first. A fairly safe option is usually vegetarian dishes, seafood and grilled fish, which mostly do not contain eggs, although they may not be the most attractive for our little diner.

- Allergic to milk: any product that contains chocolate usually has milk in its composition, frozen creams and ice creams, cakes made with fermented doughs (brioches, roscones…), as well as many flavorings. Also Frankfurt sausages and grilled meats, since curiously many restaurants use butter to achieve a lasting finish.

- Allergic to nuts: Oddly enough, some brands of sauces, such as barbecue, use nuts as a thickener, so make sure this is not the case.

- Allergic to fish and shellfish: All foods enriched or fortified with omega 3 fatty acids are potentially dangerous. These include baby formula, some orange juices, soy beverages, milk and dairy products, cookies, breakfast cereals, and even eggs.

Living with an allergy is extremely difficult for both parents and children, however, little by little restaurants are becoming aware of the difficulties that can be had when having a family meal and are offering safe options at the same time that appetizing.

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