While my oldest son has many foods that cause a traditional allergic response (anaphylaxis and needs an Epi-Pen at all times) he also has many esophageal allergies thanks to his rare disease, EOE. We avoid all of the foods below. The ones with stars next to them are the anaphylaxis causing foods and we make sure that there is no cross-contact with these foods, and that we don’t buy anything that has a “may contain XX” or “was processed in a facility where XXX…” to avoid the possibility of an anaphyalxic reaction.
While my recipes are obviously adapted to fit my family’s unique needs, I recognize many ingredients that we avoid are not common. I will always suggest additions that you can add in that would fit with the dish. Just because we can’t have it, I recognize you may enjoy it.
But notice, if we can have fulfilling, awesome dinners with these many restrictions, you can too!
And for those that ask, my oldest has the asthma, EOE and multiple food allergies, my next child, another boy has asthma and allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Our third child, a daughter, has no food allergies or asthma, and our youngest baby–another girl–has yet to show any allergies either.
Safe Foods/Only Allowed To Eat:
bell peppers (all colors)
black eyed peas
chick peas (garbanzo beans)
cilantro (eats it fine, passed oral but needs to scope)
corn and all corn derivatives (corn starch, corn syrup)
crockneck yellow squash
cucumber (he’s eaten it fine, but we have yet to scope to it)
fish (salmon, tuna, tilapia, tuna)
great northern beans
green bean (string)
oats (if they’re gluten-free!)
potato (all varieties)
shellfish (crab, lobster, shrimp)
UNSAFE TO EAT:
*Note: really anything that has not been tested and proved safe is considered unsafe, but here is the list of foods we’ve been able to test and that he’s had a positive reaction to.
dairy** and all dairy derivatives (butter, cream, cheese etc.) anaphylaxis
nuts of any kind (I didn’t bother listing the less common ones like Brazil nut, hazelnut, cashew, pistachio…)