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Hi, I’m Sam and I am 8 years old. I have food allergies; thatmeans if I eat certain foods I will get sick. 1
There are 8 foods that people are mostly allergic to: • Milk • Fish • Eggs • Shellﬁsh • Peanuts • Soy • Tree Nuts • Wheat 2
…...People can also be allergic to other types of foods. 3
Kids and grown-ups can be allergic to foods. Butsometimes kids can outgrow their food allergies; mybrother Eddie and I are perfect examples of this.Eddie used to be allergic to milk; then when he turned6 he outgrew his milk allergy and now he can eateverything. 4
I am still allergic to other foods, so I have to becareful. I can only eat the foods that my doctor andparents say are safe. At school I never eat anyone else’sfood. It is very important to read the labels to makesure there are no ingredients that I am allergic to. 8
I know lots of other kids who have food allergies. Forexample, my friend Emma is allergic to peanuts andmy friend Freddy is allergic to milk and tree nuts. Itmakes me feel better to know that I am not the onlykid that is allergic to certain foods. 12
When I go to a friend’s house or a birthday party,my parents always send something special for meto eat that is safe. Sometimes they bake special cupcakes or cookies for me. They always have to send extra, because even the kids that are not allergic to anything love to eat my treats! 14
Don’t worry about me though! There are lots of healthy andyummy things that are OK 4 ME 2 EAT *.My food allergies may take some extra work, but I don’t letthem stop me from having fun! 22
The following is a list of the top 8 allergens and some of the foods in which they may be hidden: *Milk- cheese, ice cream, cakes, pastas, cookies, non-dairy foods may also contain casein -which is a milk protein.Eggs – cookies, cakes, breading for fried foods, French toast and freshly made specialtypastas.Peanuts – peanut butter, cookies, cakes, ice cream, candy, cooking oils and pet foods. Peanutsare legumes and they grow in the ground.Tree Nuts – examples are: almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. Tree nuts maybe found in cookies, cakes, frostings, candy, pastas and even salad dressings. Tree nuts, unlikepeanuts, grow on trees.Fish – cod, salmon, halibut, tuna and whiteﬁsh are some examples. Fish can be found in ﬁshsticks, salad dressings and many Asian foods.Shellﬁsh – examples are crab, lobster, shrimp, squid, clams, oysters and scallops. Shellﬁshmay also be found in many pastas, soups and sauces.Soy – soy comes from a soybean and is found in many foods; such as tofu, cookies, crackersand sauces. It is also used very commonly as cooking oil.Wheat – is mostly found in breads, bagels, cereal, baked goods, cakes, pasta and it is used inmany sauces and breading.*DISCLAIMER: This information is not to be used as medical advice. These are just a few examplesof hidden allergens. OK 4 ME 2 EAT and/or Leslie Berlin are not responsible for any allergicreactions. Please consult a doctor to discuss your allergy. 23