Food Allergy Awareness May 2019

The month of May means many things- Mother’s Day, graduations, the beginning of summer… but it is also National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Asthma affects more than 26 million Americans and more than 50 million Americans have allergies.

Food allergy is a quickly developing segment of the allergy cause. Researchers estimate that 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million children under age 18. That’s one in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom. To raise awareness, May 12-18 has been designated Food Allergy Awareness Week.

Troublesome Eight

Although more than 170 foods have been known to cause reactions, these eight foods are responsible for 90% of all food allergy reactions.

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts (cashews, pecans, walnuts, etc.)
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish (halibut, salmon, etc.)
  • Shellfish (crab, lobster, shrimp, etc.)

Community Beacons

Knowing about an allergy is one thing, but finding safe options in the sea of competing food products is not always easy. It gets even more complicated when there are multiple allergies at work. Many bloggers provide their communities with resources and product reviews to help maintain awareness and offer support. These are just a few of our favorites:

@kidswithfoodallergies

@foodallergy

@free.to.feed

@allergylicious

@allergyawesomeness

@raisedglutenfree

During the month of May, how will you help spread food allergy awareness? A great start is following brands and bloggers on social media to stay connected with the community. And you can vote with your dollar, even if you don’t have an allergy yourself. Chances are you know at least one person with a food allergy and you can help support them by supporting companies that offer safe options.

Where We Stand

BeReal stands for food allergy awareness

BeReal Doughs are free of 10 of the top 12 food allergens. No milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish or shellfish. Plus they are free of GMOs, preservatives, chemicals, animal products, and gluten. The dough does contain coconut products, but no other nut derivatives. Please note: while our products do not contain any nuts, they are processed in a facility that also processes nuts. We also have a small batch nut-free facility, so if you have nut allergy concerns, please contact us for more information.

Everything we mix into our indulgent hand-crafted dough is organic, plant-based, gluten-free, non-GMO, fair-trade certified, and free of preservatives. Every word of that sentence is important to us as Mary’s mission from the beginning was to create healthy versions of delicious cookie dough. As a nurse practitioner with several health issues, she understands very well how food affects health, but she didn’t want to give up baking and she doesn’t want anyone to have to give up cookies!

Please help us spread awareness of the impact of food allergies. Visit our Facebook page to share your own stories. Whether you live with a food allergy or are just learning about the issue, we would love to hear from you.

Resources

For tips and materials to help spread the word:

FoodAllergyAwareness.org

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases presents a good video for a greater understanding of food allergies.

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