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We will talk about something I’ve been thinking a lot about. How much food allergies suck!
Over the last few decades, I discovered an allergy to onions. As well as all the things associated with them, there are more than you think.
With any food allergy, you must monitor what you eat, where you eat, and how things are prepared.
It sucks having food allergies, and if you have one, you know. The good part is that awareness is spreading and it’s much easier now than ever before.
Many people will argue there aren’t allergies but sensitivities.
To them, I understand there are more people that have food sensitivities. Regardless, why would you want to eat something that will rec havoc on your internal systems?
An example is lactose-intolerant people. For those that are, I’m sorry about my last post on the best cheese.
Food For Thought
I couldn’t help myself. That’s a good headline, if I have to say so myself.
Let’s go over some of the random thoughts about food allergies.
As we just covered, they are becoming more and more common. I remember growing up when people would say you were lying or just simply not believe you.
What they didn’t realize is what happens.
If you have food allergies, it means that you have an immune system reaction to certain foods.
This reaction can cause various symptoms, depending on which food you’re allergic to. It’s important to know what to do if you have a food allergy to avoid problems.
Some allergies are worse than others.
If you search on Google, onion allergy is not as common as initially thought.
HealthLine.com reports that it is more common to have an onion sensitivity than an allergy.
It’s interesting, to me, that my Mum and Grandmother also have onion intolerances. But mine has morphed into where I cannot breathe (with certain onions).
I feel for those with allergies that are truly awful, like corn and peanuts!
For years I have learned to adjust what and where I eat so that I don’t have any issues. But for things like corn and peanuts, it is in everything.
Living with Food Sensitivities
Allergies can evolve
Having discovered the onion allergy in childhood, I never knew it would evolve into what I deal with today.
I think sometime in college, I discovered that garlic started to cause allergic reactions.
That’s a major bummer, mainly because I was used to the onion and have learned to live without them. But garlic, come on!
Take a step back and think about everything you currently eat. I bet many of them have onion or garlic in them.
For example, I can no longer eat garlic bread, Doritos, many “green” drinks, ketchup, BBQ, pizza sauce, alfredo, hummus, etc.
Dealing With An Onion Allergy
My onion allergy started so long ago that I honestly don’t think about it much. Yes, I have had onions in the past, and they were good.
That also means I know what I’m missing out on.
To make a long story short, we discovered that I couldn’t eat onions anymore during a birthday party.
It was summertime, lots of playing outside, and best of all, having BBQ.
The interesting part was I’ve had these burgers before, but this time was going to be life-changing.
After enjoying the tasty burger, I realized I had difficulty breathing. And as they say, the rest is history.
Just imagine, you are enjoying a wonderful meal when all of a sudden you cannot breathe.
It’s not that you got something stuck in your throat, in fact, your throat is just closing up!
Talk about scary!
I thought that was bad.
Then, many years later, I was in college eating one of my favorite pasta dishes. Something that I have had many times before.
This is what is interesting about allergies, they can take hold at any time.
As you may guess, when it comes to garlic, I have an intolerance, but I’m not allergic.
It was then that I started looking into this whole onion thing. It didn’t take long to learn they were both in the same family.
A few years ago, I was ordering dinner at a Chinese restaurant.
I’ve grown accustomed to always saying, “No onion or garlic, please,” with everything I order.
The waitress replied that it was no problem and then asked if I was a Buddhist.
Since this issue has been part of my life for so long, I wondered why she would ask.
Our waitress said it had something to do with “stinky vegetables” or something.
I later learned there are a few reasons why Buddhists avoid eating “pungent roots.”
Click the above link, “pungent roots,” to learn more.
Improvements Over The Years
As I mentioned above, it’s been great to see improvements in food allergies. Let’s look at how businesses are working with those with food allergies.
There are also food companies that are even starting to cater specifically to onion-sensitive people. They call it “sensitive,” but it’s better than nothing.
Every so often I’ll receive a message from friends. They always send photos if they find something that says “sensitive formula” or similar.
The only issue with these new products is that they tend to be twice as expensive as regular Prego, which has its version now.
To give Mum props, she has perfected making marinara sauce. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that.
Do You Have Any Food Allergies?
Now it’s your turn. Do you have a food allergy? If so, how do you cope with having a food allergy?
Please let me know if you know of any onion-free foods, like hummus!