Allergenius prides itself on creating products that anyone can eat. An extremely important element of this statement is understanding how to develop products that are safe to eat for anyone with a severe food allergy. Our goal is to inform the populous about the importance of maintaining allergy safe environments.
Food allergies are a serious topic, and often not given the attention they deserve in the media, product labeling, and everyday life. Our world needs more allergy awareness because allergies are becoming more prominent and are potentially life threatening. 32 million Americans are faced with food allergies, and these numbers are on the rise. 1 in 13 children have a food allergy which is why the demand for our product is growing. Not only do we need more allergy-safe products, but we hope to spread awareness about allergies too. Many are unaware of the potential consequences of an allergic reaction, or even what constitutes an allergic reaction.
A food allergy is diagnosed when an individual's immune system overreacts to a certain food protein, sending the body into a reaction that could potentially be fatal. Reactions include hives, an eczema flare, itching mouth or ears, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, trouble swallowing, wheezing, turning blue, drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, swelling, anaphylaxis, or in extreme cases, death. Every three minutes, someone is sent to the hospital due to a food allergy. Often times, food allergies are mislabeled as intolerances or sensitivities, when in reality they have an entirely different nature.
What you can do:
To support those with food allergies, one of the best things you can do is educate yourself and those around you. Websites such as FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) provide phenomenal resources for those interested. There are plenty of ways to give and donate to food allergy research to help find a cure for those affected. There are opportunities to volunteer or participate in fundraisers. Most importantly, keep learning and educate yourself and those around you in order to provide a safe environment for those with food allergies.
FARE Resource: https://www.foodallergy.org