Allergies and more …

Is it an allergy or a condition? A sneeze, sore stomach or hidden problem?  Did you know that one in three people in New Zealand suffer from an allergy?

It is much higher than that in my house!

The Christchurch City Libraries website offers some good links to allergy information and food allergy information to support the books in the collection.

For further information the Ministry of Health website can be useful, especially for New Zealand information and for topics that are often only briefly covered in books such as hay fever.

Many people react to different foods or need to be careful what they eat.

CoverOne in a hundred New Zealanders have coeliac disease which is a medical condition causing an allergic reaction to gluten.  This means coeliacs cannot eat wheat, rye, barley, malt or oats.

As a coeliac you have to be very careful about what you eat, and that it has not been contaminated by gluten containing products. You may not be able to eat the fries at some fast food outlets as other gluten containing products might be  cooked in the same oil.  So the Coeliac Society, or other societies or associations for other conditions, are invaluable for information, and to help source suitable products to purchase or places to eat out.  There are lots of great cookbooks at the library now to cater for allergies and specific dietary needs.  Check out what the library has for gluten free recipe books.

The Gluten Free Food and Allergy Show is in Christchurch on November 20-21.  Maybe I’ll see you there?

Trudy Heney
Linwood Library

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