Food diary: the Detective to pinpoint food allergens


There are approximately 160 kinds of food can cause allergies. Pinpointing the allergens accurately may not be always easy.  One of the most basic ways to reveal your food reactions is to keep a food diary.


It may sound troublesome to record the detail whenever your symptoms show up, but it is an effective way to trace the symptoms of food allergies. Food diaries require continuous and detailed documentation of all food and drug consumptions within a few weeks, as well as anything associated with your foods. If the symptoms are shown to be intermittent, it is very helpful and very objective for you to trace back to the culprits.


Once the relationship and patterns of certain food reactions are established, it should be strictly removed from the diet of allergens of this food, which is the only way to prevent the reactions from happening again.


However, a long avoidance period for allergic foods may cause malnutrition or eating disorders, especially in infancy and young children. Therefore, in order to ensure the normal growth and development of infants and young children, food avoidance should be limited to specific food items. If you need to avoid milk or eggs, the major source of nutrients in infants and young children, you have to choose suitable milk substitutes, such as hydrolyzed protein formula milk powder. For mothers who breastfed kids with allergies, it could be the mother pass her allergies through the milk to the baby, so the mother should avoid eating food that the babies might be sensitive to.