CNN: Dining Out With Food Allergies

Today my article on dining out with food allergies was published on

Here’s an excerpt:

Whether it's a special occasion or a Saturday night, for many Americans, dining out is one of life's great pleasures. However, for the millions of Americans with severe life-threatening food allergies, dining out can feel like a minefield. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the top eight foods that cause 90% of food allergic reactions are: dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts and tree nuts. However, anyone can be allergic to anything at any time. So how do you avoid your allergens without avoiding your life? Here are my top strategies for dining out with a severe, life-threatening food allergy -- keeping in mind that if at any point you don't feel heard, understood or safe, don't eat; never risk it.



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