Allergies to different types of nuts are extremely common, and can sometimes be very difficult to monitor. Although nutrition information can be difficult to procure – especially when eating in a restaurant or buying pre-made food, people can take a few precautions in order to ensure their safety and that they do not have some type of reaction to the things that they eat and drink. From simply asking questions to actively searching for information, the key is to be proactive.
Always Ask Questions
Five specific things can be done in order to ensure that a person’s health is not compromised by consuming a product that contains nuts. First and foremost, always ask questions. Despite the fact that it may be irritating to those that are asked, they cannot deny that a person’s health is not worth answering a few questions. Another way to find content information for food products is to look at menus and ingredient lists. Even though everything included may not be listed explicitly, the way that an item is described can sometimes give clues as to how it was prepared and what other ingredients may have been used. This can save people from having to ask questions every single time they eat at a new place or try something new.
Paying close attention is imperative. At parties and gatherings, even though there are typically many different snack and meal options to choose from, keeping foods from being contaminated by nut residue or pieces can be difficult. This is especially true when there are many people taking food from the same dishes, as people do not always watch what they’re doing and may transfer things from container to container without realizing it. Doing research is another way to ensure that precautions are taken before exposing the body to a potential allergen like nuts. This research might be as simple as looking at a menu, reading reviews online, or taking to people that have been to the facility or used product in the past. Knowing exactly what is to come, may save a person from making returns, getting sick or wasting money in the long run.
Know Your Limits and Restrictions
The most important precaution that a person with a nut allergy can take is to know their own medical limits and restrictions. Some allergies are not as severe as others, and many people may be able to consume some products even if they cannot handle others. Each ease is specific to the individual, but it is up to them to know exactly what their condition will allow. Keeping up with their own medical needs is important because there are instances where people’s conditions and the severity of their allergies may change – but they will not know that unless they are vigilant.
A nut allergy does not have to be reason for a person to stop eating and drinking things that they enjoy entirely. This condition may prevent people from having extra things like toppings, certain kinds of bread, and cereals, but there are always other options for people to consume. Being proactive and taking the time to carefully assess this type of medical condition may mean the difference between having a severe reaction and enjoying a day or night out.
This post was written by T. Beasley from New Urban Farms. Family owned and operated, New Urban Farms is proud to have two “nutty” generations working side by side to continue to bring you the freshest snacks and bulk nuts around.