Mito: Comer só um bocadinho não faz mal!

Myth: Eating just a little isn't bad!

Fact: For someone with a food allergy, even the smallest trace of the allergen can trigger a severe reaction. The allergen in question must be completely removed from the diet to keep the person safe.

Avoiding safe food contact with food/utensils/containers/surfaces that contain the allergen is just as important as avoiding the allergen itself. When this contact occurs, food becomes contaminated with the allergen, even if it is not visible to the naked eye and is only trace amounts, foods that were safe become dangerous for the allergic person.(1)

It is important to understand that restrictive diets due to allergies, food intolerances or celiac disease are not like an ordinary diet where you commit small “sins” every now and then and you use the excuse of “just a little bit won’t hurt” or "It's just this once".

In food allergy, a failure in the diet can lead to an immediate health risk and just a little can be fatal.(2)

In food intolerances, the tolerance level can vary from person to person, and although the reactions are not so immediate, the accumulation of small pieces over time can cause damage to the body with serious consequences.

In the case of celiac disease, for example, even just a little gluten can cause damage to the small intestine, which leads to reduced nutrient absorption and increased risk of morbidity and malignancy associated with the disease.(3)

At Fidu, we have implemented strict control and prevention procedures that allow us to produce safe food free from traces of the 14 main allergens , so that everyone, including allergic and intolerant people, can consume safely.


(1) FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education). Food Allergy Myths and Misconceptions. At: https://www.foodallergy.org/
(2) SPAIC Food Allergy Interest Group, 2017. Food Allergy: concepts, advice and precautions. (C. Costa, S. Prates, & I. Carrapatoso, Eds.) (1st Edition). Thermo Fisher.
(3) APN, 2014. Diet in Celiac Disease, APN E-book Collection, vol. 34. Porto: Portuguese Association of Nutritionists.
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