When I worked as a child care assistant in a preschool, I remember being told by an older child that the butter I used was the best I could get.
“I never thought it would affect me like that,” she said.
I’m no different.
The fact is, butter and oil are just two of the things we’re constantly exposed to.
We’ve all been exposed to it.
It washes onto the floor, it gets in our mouths, and it dries on our clothes.
And yet, it’s one of the most common allergens we come into contact with.
Butter is made from animal fat, and while we know it’s OK to eat it as a snack, it can still pose a potential health risk if you’re allergic to it, or if you have a history of it.
This isn’t a new problem, either.
Studies have shown that butter and other dairy products are the most commonly reported food allergens among children and teens, and there’s evidence that the more of them you eat, the more likely you are to develop an allergy.
But we’re just now beginning to understand the ways that food allergies affect our health.
“Food allergies can be very difficult to identify, but you can recognize them pretty quickly,” said Dr. Linda Riggs, a professor of food science and public health at the University of California, Davis, and one of America’s foremost experts on food allergies.
“The typical response to the symptoms is ‘what’s this?'”
Dr. Riggs is one of many researchers who have studied how food allergies impact people.
While she knows that we can be able to identify an individual’s food allergy by looking at their history, there’s also some research showing that we don’t always know which foods are most likely to cause an allergy to the first one.
And that can lead to a lack of information on how to identify and manage food allergies in children.
Dr. Siegel and Dr. Dyson have been trying to solve this problem by partnering with the Food Allergy Coalition to develop a new approach for identifying food allergies among kids, adults, and families.
“We think we have the technology to make it a little easier to identify food allergies,” Dr. Dringer said.
“There’s a whole list of foods that people are likely to be allergic to that we are very careful to not list on our website.”
Food allergies can vary from person to person, but most often they’re triggered by exposure to allergens in the environment.
This means that kids in a household with allergies will have a similar response to an environmental trigger as adults.
“It’s not that people aren’t exposed to food allergies, they’re just not at the risk of food allergies until they reach adulthood,” Dringer explained.
“What we’re trying to do is get kids exposed to the foods that trigger food allergies before they develop them.
We can then monitor the children for their reaction to foods that are a part of the food allergy diet, so we can help parents avoid potentially triggering foods and protect them from a food allergy in the first place.”
The new system is currently undergoing clinical trials in children with food allergies and parents in a wide variety of settings.
Dr Siegel is particularly excited about using this data to make informed food choices for families who have no food allergies at all, and can’t afford to buy their own.
“Parents are looking for information about what foods they can and can not eat,” she noted.
“But they’re also looking for things like what ingredients are safe for kids to eat, and what food allergies are likely.”
Dr. Nye’s plan to use this data also has the potential to be an invaluable resource for parents who are dealing with food allergy issues.
While they’re trying a different approach to identifying and treating food allergies for children, the two have also been working to get kids more exposure to the benefits of the natural foods they eat.
In 2017, the National Academy of Sciences published a study looking at the relationship between the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets and the likelihood of developing a food-allergic response to it in children and adults.
The research found that kids who were on a diet of fish oil and other natural foods were less likely to develop food allergy symptoms than those who were also on a non-fish-oil diet.
“Kids who are exposed to foods high in omega-6s, like oily fish, have a lower risk of developing food allergy,” Dr Sauer said.
For Dr. Schulz, this study furthers the research that she’s been conducting for years, which is that children and families are more likely to respond to natural foods when they’re eating them in small amounts.
“Our data suggests that if kids are eating small amounts of whole foods, they’ll actually get the most benefit from these foods,” Dr Schulz said.
With the new Food Allergies Coalition, Dr. Breslin hopes to create an additional source of data for parents and doctors