Whether you have food allergies or know someone with food allergies, Alternate Ingredients covers everything from dating advice at my expense to keeping you updated on the most recent breakthroughs in food allergy research.

About Lauren

I was born with life-threatening food allergies to milk and milk products. Six years later, I found out (the hard way) that I am also severely allergic to tree nuts (not to be confused with peanuts, which grow from the ground.)

On June 6, I will be tested in a food challenge for seafood. So I’ll let you know on June 6 if I’m allergic to anything besides milk and tree nuts.

Every personal story I share in this blog is true and not exaggerated. I’m on a mission to tell what it’s really like to live with severe food allergies, to better inform, and to give my counsel.

Food Allergy Facts

  • 15 million Americans have food allergies.
  • 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S.
  • The number of people who have a food allergy is growing, but there is no clear answer as to why.
  • Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department – that is more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year.
  • Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction.


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