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7 Ways Food Allergies Could Benefit You (& the Earth)

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7 Ways Food Allergies Could Benefit You (& the Earth)

By Blythe Copeland, TreeHugger

A food allergy diagnosis can range from being a minor inconvenience — like having to read labels to check for food dye — to a major health issue (think extreme, lethal allergies to milk, eggs, and nuts).

But let’s look at the bright side for a moment: If you’re forced to pay attention to every ingredient that goes onto your plate, you could also be making better choices for your health and the environment — from choosing foods with smaller carbon footprints to defaulting to organic produce over packaged goods. In fact, we could learn a lot from the way people with food allergies approach their plate.

1. You Know Where Your Food Comes From

Whether you’re allergic to nuts, soy, dairy, eggs, gluten, or any other ingredient, a food restriction means you spend a lot more time reading labels — and figuring out exactly where your food comes from. Someone with a deadly allergy — like one to peanuts — needs to trust the source of their food.

A general awareness of what you’re eating and how it got to your plate gives you a better understanding of the environmental impact of your daily diet, from the miles traveled by those South American bananas to exactly what goes into selling tomatoes in New England in January. Once you start thinking about the production and distribution of every single ingredient, you’re more likely to make choices that are good for the Earth (as well as for your health).

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10:21AM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Interesting article

11:46AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012


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5:19PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

anything for Mother Earth!

8:17PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

thanks for showing us the bright side :-)

12:27AM PST on Jan 2, 2011

I'm the primary chef in the family and have celiac disease. So I definitely agree w/ the impact an allergy can have on the entire home. My mom is about 90% GF, though she indulges sometimes. My being GF, has even spread to my friends and colleagues. They have become aware and ask me lots of questions. I think it's great!

11:50AM PST on Nov 28, 2010

I don't necessarily agree with everything, but thank you.

11:36PM PST on Nov 21, 2010

Good article. thanx for information

9:34AM PST on Nov 20, 2010

thank you

8:55AM PST on Nov 20, 2010

Very true! Our family's entire diet went through a major overhaul when our son was diagnosed with severe food allergies. We saw his body react with severe eczema to just the slightest amounts of processed foods or artificial anything. We knew we needed to get rid of all that stuff once we started reading labels etc and now we eat mostly whole foods that don't even need a label! It's amazing how healthy we feel as a family all from what began from allergies. Thankfully our little boy's skin and intolerances are so much better now that he takes his Belly Boost probiotic and bc of this - we ALL love our probiotics now too! It's awesome how things like this can end up affecting and changing lives for the better!

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