It’s not just ghosts and goblins that some find frightful around Halloween, it’s the fear of trick-or-treating with food allergies or intolerances. Today, food allergies affect 15 million adults in the U.S. and one in 13 children under age 18. However, you don’t have to be spooked – the Weis Dietitians are here to help! Below are some of our favorite gluten (wheat)-free and nut-free treats:
As always, it’s important to read all labels to ensure there are no allergens listed. This is especially true for miniature or snack-sized candy bars that may be processed in a different facility than regular-sized candy. Encourage children not to share treats and ask before eating any of the treats they collected. Always discard anything with ripped or torn wrappers.
Remember, not all treats have to be food-related. Non-food goodies like glow bracelets, coloring books, stickers Halloween rings, toys and temporary tattoos can be just as fun and are safe for kids with food allergies. If you will be offering non-food goodies on trick-or-treat night, participate in The Teal Pumpkin Project™, by placing a teal-colored pumpkin outdoors to let your neighbors know that allergy-friendly treats are available inside. This initiative that was created by the Food Allergy Research and Education and more info can be found here, www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project.
Do you have a Halloween-related question you want to ask us?
Join your Weis Dietitians for an interactive Facebook chat on Tuesday, October 27th from 6:30-7:30pm where we will give you plenty of tricks on Halloween treats.
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