Special thanks to blog reader John Holst (Other John) and his wife, Andrea Teague, for letting us into their lives for this story. If anyone out there is on a gluten-free diet, I would urge you to try the cookie recipe. John has tested it well!
Elizabeth Good of Roanoke learned that her daughter, Ariel, has food allergies the hard way — by rushing her to the emergency room in a state of anaphylactic shock.
For John Holst of Fairlawn, the realization came in much less dramatic fashion. He felt crummy after eating sometimes, so he eliminated different foods from his diet until he figured out what worked.
Even though Ariel and John fall on opposite ends of the severity spectrum, they can both agree that food allergies are no fun at all.
In the three years I’ve been writing about food, it seems that readers have been calling with increasing frequency to talk about their food allergies. Meanwhile, publishing companies are cranking out cookbooks filled with wheat-free or gluten-free recipes.
Is the incidence of food allergies really on the rise? I looked to some experts to find out.
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