Children With Food Allergies
Since watching The Smurfs 2 film a couple of weeks ago, one scene particularly stuck out in my mind. A table of children at a party before Neil Patrick Harris’ character presents a cake which is gluten free, peanut free, dairy free, sugar free, lacto free… It’s a scene which was especially memorable not only because I run a website which specialises in dietary requirements, but also because I’ve noticed a growing trend in parents bringing their children up as ‘free from’ kids.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to be writing about children with food allergies
They may be part of the ‘free from’ generation because they have an allergy to the product, or parents may be taking a leaf out of the book of Gwyneth Paltrow who is bringing her two children up without the likes of gluten, chicken’s eggs and dairy, and controversially, without carbs as well. Now that we are more aware of allergies to food, however, it would seem that more children are being diagnosed earlier with food intolerances and allergies which can’t be a bad thing. According to a study released in 2013 by the ‘Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011, and the effects are being seen throughout supermarkets.
Take, for example, ‘Moo Free Chocolate’, which provides gluten free, vegan, dairy free, vegetarian and lacto free chocolate and is a popular snack for children. It now appears in supermarkets all over the country and this just shows the growing trend. Therefore, for the next few weeks, I’m going to be writing about children with food allergies, as the title would suggest. I’ll be providing recipes, reviews and articles about the subject, and general information about this hot-topic, so stay tuned!