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Inclusive Food

Inclusive food do you know what it is?

Dietary restrictions can have a great impact on individual and family quality of life, especially when they are due to health issues such as food allergy or intolerance. In any of these situations, the only effective treatment is to eliminate the food or substance that causes the reaction from the diet.

At first glance, it seems simple… For example, for someone allergic to eggs, just don't eat eggs and that's all right. Will it be?

First of all, it is important to understand what a food allergy is and what distinguishes it from an intolerance. Food allergy is an immune reaction of the body that mistakenly identifies a food as an aggressor, triggering reactions that can manifest in different parts of the body (skin, mucous membranes, stomach, intestine, respiratory system) and that in severe cases can be fatal. On the other hand, food intolerance results from a difficulty in digesting and/or absorbing a food and usually causes symptoms in the stomach and intestines, they can cause a lot of discomfort, but they are not fatal.

Returning to the example of egg allergy… One thing we don't remember when we think about giving up eggs is that they can be present in a wide variety of foods. It is not enough to stop eating eggs, everything that has egg or its derivatives in its composition or is prepared in an environment where eggs are handled must be eliminated from the diet. For this, it is necessary to know how to read the labeling, to understand which ingredients can mean egg, if there is a risk of cross-contamination (declared and undeclared) in food production. A simple cheese sandwich, for example, may seem safe, but it isn't always. Bread, if produced in a bakery that also produces pastries that include eggs, has a high risk of cross-contamination and contains traces of eggs. As for cheese, it is common to use an enzyme derived from egg (lysozyme) in the production of industrial cheeses. Furthermore, when it comes to sliced cheese (in store) it can be cross-contaminated in the slicer that has cut another cheese that contains the said enzyme.

These are just small examples of the daily concerns in the life of an allergic person.

Did you know that in severe cases of food allergy, reactions can be triggered even without ingesting the allergen? Contact with the allergen, for example through a kiss from someone who has eaten a slice of cake, can trigger a reaction. As well as the inhalation of particles that are released during the preparation of a food, for example, when entering a kitchen where the allergen is being cooked.

Other elements that can affect the quality of life, causing stress and anxiety, are meals away from home, parties and other family and social situations, in which there is always food involved.

This is where we can all help minimize the negative impact of food allergies. As? Promoting an inclusive diet, that is, a safe diet for those who have dietary restrictions, integrating them into the family, among friends and in society in general.

Basically, the motto of an inclusive diet is to exclude food to include people. Because those who don't have allergies can eat allergen-free foods without a problem, they're still foods, and they can be just as pleasant as the conventional ones. On the other hand, someone who has an allergy and accidentally comes into contact with or eats a food with the allergen can develop serious, life-threatening reactions that should not be taken lightly.

When welcoming someone into your home, organizing a party, or bringing food to a party at your child's school, remember to ask if anyone has any dietary restrictions. Adapting a recipe or using an alternative product may seem complicated, but this extra effort will make this occasion more enjoyable and safer for everyone.

Fidu wants to help promote a more inclusive diet, thinking about those who have dietary restrictions, whether due to food allergy or intolerance, celiac disease, or even vegetarian and vegan diets, through safe products free from the 14 main allergens, gluten-free, lactose, without ingredients of animal origin and easy to prepare.

Because eating tastes better when we can share it with the ones we love the most!