Category Archives: Allergy Aware

Inspirational Halloween Wishes

We came across this inspirational story on the WFXS Fox 55 news page and it made us think about all of our extended twisted family who face food allergies. How do you celebrate Halloween? How do your kids get to trick-or-treat? This mom is out to make a difference. Read more about her story here.

We’re glad to see someone advocating for a new trick-or-treat programs for the little ghosts and goblins with food allergies. We recommend having some of our gluten-free pretzels to hand out as a special treats. What kind of gluten-free treats do your children receive on Halloween?

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National Food Allergy Awareness Month Round Three: Dairy

It’s National Food Awareness Allergy Month. If you have a food allergy, you know how to manage it. However, your friends and extended family may not be aware of all of the things that surround a food allergy and what can trigger a reaction.

At Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, we are allergy aware and twist our pretzels in a nut-free bakery. For this special month, we want to make you aware of the major food allergies affecting our friends and family. Today, our focus moves to dairy allergies.

A dairy allergy should not be confused with lactose intolerance. According to The Food Allergy Gourmet, this allergy occurs when your immune system interprets proteins in dairy products as a harmful substance. Your body then produces antibodies to fight off the substance.

Reactions include rash, redness and swelling around the mouth, hives, asthma, stomachache, cramping, diarrhea or vomiting.

Dairy products can be found in food products, but also in non-food products, such as cosmetics, shampoos and some pharmaceutical drugs. Be sure the read labels to remain safe. As with a gluten allergy, it is important to make sure you are aware of cross-contaimination when dining out.

Do you have a dairy allergy? How does it affect your life?

National Food Allergy Awareness Month Round Two: Treenuts

It’s National Food Awareness Allergy Month. If you have a food allergy, you know how to manage it. However, your friends and extended family may not be aware of all of the things that surround a food allergy and what can trigger a reaction.

At Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, we are allergy aware and twist our pretzels in a nut-free bakery. For this special month, we want to make you aware of the major food allergies affecting our friends and family. Today, our focus moves to tree nuts.

Tree nuts include walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios and Brazil nuts. But don’t confuse them with the peanut, which is a legume, or seeds like sunflower and sesame.

These nuts can be found, but are not always included in, honey, fish dishes, pie crust, mandelonas, mortadella, salads and salad dressing, barbeque sauce, breading for chicken, pancakes, meat-free burgers and pasta.

Here are some fast facts about tree nut allergies from The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network:

  • Tree nuts may be found in a wide range of unexpected foods for flavor or consistency. If ingredient information is not provided for a particular food or you question its accuracy, avoid the food completely.
  • Tree nuts can cause severe allergic reactions. If your doctor has prescribed epinephrine, be sure to always carry it with you. Learn more about anaphylaxis.
  • Most experts advise patients who have been diagnosed with an allergy to specific tree nuts to avoid all tree nuts.

Do you know someone with tree nut allergies? Share your stories with us!

National Food Allergy Awareness Month Round One: The Peanut

It’s National Food Awareness Allergy Month. If you have a food allergy, you know how to manage it. However, your friends and extended family may not be aware of all of the things that surround a food allergy and what can trigger a reaction.

At Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, we are allergy aware and twist our pretzels in a nut-free bakery. For this special month, we want to make you aware of the major food allergies affecting our friends and family. Today, we focus on the peanut.

Peanuts can cause a severe reaction and can be contained in, but not always a part of, sauces, sweets, egg rolls, potato pancakes, specialty pizzas, Asian and Mexican foods, vegetarian foods and glazes.

Here are some fast facts about peanut allergies from The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network:

  • Some alternative nut butters, such as soy nut butter or sunflower seed butter, are produced on equipment shared with other tree nuts and, in some cases, peanuts. Contact the manufacturer before eating these products.
  • Discuss with your primary doctor or allergist whether to avoid tree nuts. People allergic to peanuts may develop allergies to other foods, including tree nuts. In addition, the chance of a reaction due to cross-contact between peanut and tree nuts during the manufacturing process will be lowered if you avoid them altogether.
  • Ice cream served in ice cream parlors should be avoided; cross-contact occurs frequently because of shared scoops.
  • Sometimes, foods that are supposed to contain almonds or other tree nuts contain peanuts instead.
  • Peanuts go by many names, such as ground nuts, beer nuts, or monkey nuts. Use caution if you are unsure!
  • Studies show that most allergic individuals can safely eat peanut oil (not cold pressed, expelled, or extruded peanut oil – sometimes represented as gourmet oils). If you are allergic to peanuts, ask your doctor whether or not you should avoid peanut oil.
  • Peanuts can be found in many foods and candies, especially chocolate candy. Check all labels carefully. Contact the manufacturer if you have questions.

Do you know someone with a peanut allergy? Share your stories with us!

Honor The Celiacs in Your Life By Being Informed

It’s National Celiac Awareness Month. How many people in your life are affected by celiac disease?

Some have chosen to go gluten-free because of the health benefits. For many, the decision wasn’t theirs.

Here are some interesting facts about Celiac Disease from The Celiac Disease Foundation:

  • The cause of the disease is unknown.
  • One out of 133 people in the United States is affected by this disease.
  • Celiac disease is NOT a food allergy. It is an autoimmune disease.
  • Gluten triggers an autoimmune reaction.

At Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy our product. That’s why we have developed a gluten-free pretzel!

Honor the celiacs in your life by ensuring they can enjoy the same foods as you. At your next get together, put out some gluten-free pretzels for them. Your friends and family will thank you!