Tips for Dining Out With Food Allergies
Frying oil and the ____are two types of cross contamination that are hard to avoid in restaurants.
Hi, I'm Audrey Laurelton, owner of Equilibrium Nutrition located in Montclair New Jersey. I'm here for About.com to give you a few tips on dining out with a food allergy. Foods to Avoid when Dining Out with Food AllergiesComplex dishes and desserts with multiple ingredients should be avoided. Sauces can be another hidden place for food allergens. If a dish comes with a sauce request that it be left off in order to avoid potential allergens. Cross Contamination at RestaurantsCross contamination occurs when a food is prepared on a surface, such as a cutting board, or with a utensil that has touched the allergen. Allergens can also contaminate foods through in the air, which is something to particularly look out for in bakeries. Be aware that cross contamination can occur at salad bars and buffets. Serving utensils are often shared between items and foods can spill or splash on to other foods. If you have a wheat allergy it is advisable to avoid anything made in a toaster or toaster oven as the crumbs from wheat toast can contaminate your bread.Additionally there are two types of cross contamination that are hard to avoid in restaurants. The first is the grill. Ask if food is marinated in your allergen or if the allergen itself, such as shrimp, is cooked on the grill. The second is frying oil. If an allergen was previously fried in the oil you should avoid eating anything that was fried in the same oil. Be Prepared for an Allergic ReactionLastly, be prepared for an allergic reaction. Bring the medications your doctor recommends in their original packaging and keep them at your seat with you just in case of an allergic reaction. If your allergy can cause anaphylaxis make sure to always wear a medical id bracelet or necklace while dining out. Thank you for watching. For more information, go to: health.about.com.