When you or a loved one has a food allergy, knowing what you eat at home or dining out is extremely important.
Here are some great tips when preparing food at home and when dining out.
- Do your research. Ask your host or check restaurant menus online ahead of time to see if they offer allergen-free foods. You can also call ahead and ask if they’re willing to prepare dishes differently to accommodate food allergies. Just remember that even if they are, cross-contamination is still possible.
- Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask restaurant staff how the food is prepared or to ask for a list of ingredients. It’s best to speak with the people who will actually be cooking the food.
- Carry medication. Always carry medication, such as epinephrine, in case there’s an emergency.
- Avoid risky food choices. Avoid eating at buffets, bakeries and potlucks or other parties with many homemade dishes.