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Safer plates: How to eat out with food allergies

Food allergies are common, and they can be incredibly serious.

Just because you’ve been diagnosed with food allergies, however, doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying food. These days, even eating out at restaurants is getting easier for people with allergies, with more restaurants and food industry professionals making efforts to cater to customers with specific dietary needs.

If you or someone in your family suffers from food allergies or celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder that is caused by a reaction to a gluten found in wheat and other grains), these simple tips can help you enjoy eating out without sacrificing your peace of mind.

Know your allergy:

Do your research:

Call ahead:

At the restaurant:

When you arrive, make yourself known to the staff, and ask to speak to the manager again. If you’ve already planned a specific meal with the chef, bring a copy of what was agreed so there is no room for miscommunication. If, at any point, you feel unsure that the restaurant is taking your allergies seriously, it’s better to go without eating than to risk an exposure.

After the meal:

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