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150519FoodIntollerance-300People frequently come to us with digestive issues, wondering if they have food allergy. Food allergy in adults is uncommon. When it comes to recurrent bloating, cramping, diarrhea and/or constipation, food intolerance is often to blame.
There are certain carbohydrates in foods that are considered FODMAPs, which is short for sugars that are highly osmotic, meaning they pull water into the intestine and are hard to digest or absorb.
Examples of such foods include:

  • Fructose (fruits, honey, high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Lactose (dairy)
  • Fructans (wheat, garlic, onions)
  • Galactans (beans, lentils, soybeans)
  • Polyols (sweeteners, such as isolate, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol and stone fruits, such as cherries, peaches, plums, etc.)

Could one or more be the cause of your symptoms? The Stanford Digestive Health Center has come up with a low FODMAP diet that may help.

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150421OralAllergySyndrome-300Some people who are allergic to pollen develop itchiness or swelling of the mouth, face and throat when they eat certain fruits and vegetables. This is known as oral allergy syndrome. Symptoms usually occur within minutes of eating the food.

Oral allergy syndrome is caused by a cross-reaction between various pollens and certain proteins in fruits, vegetables and nuts that are structurally similar to the proteins in pollen. The immune system becomes confused and causes an allergic reaction that can lead to an itchy, tingly mouth and sometimes a mild sensation of swelling in the mouth or lips. Occasionally, blisters may result.

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The end of school is almost here! And parents are busy researching camps to sign up their kids for the summer. If you have a child with food allergies, sending your child away to summer camp can be a little scary. Camp Blue Spruce may be the perfect opportunity to provide your allergic child with a fun, “worry-free” sleepaway experience.

Camp Blue Spruce is a one-week overnight summer camp designed especially for children with food allergies. This summer, the camp will run August 18-23. The camp is located on a beautiful property near Banks, Oregon, about 30 miles from Portland.  


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Are you like most people who find little time in the morning to accomplish much of anything? When you’re getting kids out the door, juggling a busy work schedule or both, it’s easy to skip breakfast. Also, many people simply find it physically difficult to eat breakfast in the morning.

However, studies show that having a healthy breakfast offers many benefits, such as weight control, protection against heart disease and increased concentration levels. Children and adolescents also benefit. Breakfast can improve kids’ concentration, problem-solving, eye-hand coordination and performance in the classroom.

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From heating foods to boiling to crossing pollen with fruit, scientists are working on new and interesting ways to help those with food or oral allergies prevent severe reactions. Here’s a look into some of the research.

Milk and egg allergy research

It might seem counterintuitive to give a patient with a food allergy that particular food. But studies show that doing so may actually help patients tolerate them. Such seems to be the case in children who’ve been given highly heated milk or eggs on a regular basis.


Over the past few decades, the prevalence of food allergy has risen. If you were a student in the 1970s, you might have been the only food allergic student in your class – or even your school. This no longer seems to be the case.

The CDC reports that from 1997 to 2007, the prevalence of food allergy increased 18 percent. By 2007, about 4 percent of people had been diagnosed with food allergy. A current estimate by another research group in 2011 puts the rate for children even higher, at about 8 percent. Researchers now estimate that between 3 million and 6 million children in the United States have food allergies.

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Every year, millions of Americans make a New Year’s resolution to eat right. But even with the best intentions, many of us struggle to keep that promise.

As we have explored in other posts, eating right and being mindful of our diet during the holidays are goals worth striving for to improve our health and well-being.

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Flying with food allergies can be a challenge, and one of the biggest concerns of our patients with peanut allergy is how to be safe in the confined space of an aircraft if peanuts are served.

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Did you know that about 2 percent of adults and a much greater percentage of infants and young children in the United States have food allergies?

Every year, roughly 30,000 people require emergency room treatment, and about 150 people die from allergic reactions to food.

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Shellfish are one of many foods that can cause food allergy symptoms.

An adverse reaction to a food can come from either a food allergy, which is immune mediated, or food intolerance, which is a digestive system response. Many people think these two terms mean the same thing, but they don’t.

What is food intolerance?
Food intolerance is caused when a food irritates a person's digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest or break down the food. Intolerance to lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products, is the most common food intolerance. Symptoms of food intolerance may include abdominal cramps, bloating and diarrhea.

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