2016-08-12 Fabulous Food Allergy Friday

Denise's first cucumber in a drought year
Denise’s first cucumber in a drought year

It’s hot in New Hampshire, and we need rain. 

There are various devices in development to detect allergens in food. While I find this fascinating, I am concerned. If we can’t even get manufacturing and labeling right given the number of allergen recalls in our food system, I’m supposed to trust an electronic device to get it right? Especially when not every allergy test tests all the proteins in the food, and the tests are only about 50% accurate? And when I react to derivatives?  I think I’ll be passing. 

And here’s the Code of Federal Regulations on what nonagricultural (nonorganic) substances allowed as ingredients in or on processed products labeled as “organic” or “made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s))”. As many of these contain my allergens, here’s my answer for all of those who say to me, but “have you tried eating organic?” Doesn’t really help me that much. 

If you’re looking for travel food, what about these chocolate sunbutter granola bars? And for vacationing, it’s amazing what you can do with a little foil — in Girl Scouts, we called these silver turtles.

Try to keep cool this weekend everyone!


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