A sit-down dinner is nice every now and then, but sometimes you just want some good, down-home food to go. In such cases, it’s hard to beat the excellent fare offered by food trucks around the city.
Even better, the city of Sacramento will be holding Food Truck Mania on June 10, an event that gathers the city’s finest food truck vendors to give residents a variety of delicious options. But before the big event arrives, U.S. HealthWorks, a medical group that operates a downtown Sacramento urgent care center, cautions people with food allergies.
Facts About Food Allergies
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4% of adults in the country have some sort of food allergy. Despite the seemingly small proportion of people dealing with this problem, food allergies send a person to an emergency room every three minutes. Over the course of a year, that’s around 200,000 unfortunate individuals who ate the wrong thing at the wrong time.
Even worse, the prevalence of food alergies is one on the rise. In another study conducted by the CDC, the number of children who develop food allergies increased by 50% between 1997 and 2011. Just as concerning, people can also develop food allergies in adulthood. As such, food that they ate with no issue can suddenly antagonize their immune systems.
Of course, a food allergy can trigger a wide range of symptoms, from uncomfortable (rashes, wheezing) to life threatening (anaphylactic shock).
The Problem with Eating Out
The good news is food allergies can be avoided simply by paying close attention to what you eat. However, this is easier said than done when you’re eating out. Since you didn’t cook the food, you can’t readily tell if it contains any allergens.
As such, be sure to take these precautions before hitting the Food Fair Mania event in June.
Ask, Ask, Ask
Don’t be embarrassed to ask the server what ingredients and cooking methods they use for their food. If he or she can’t provide you details, ask the manager or store owner.
Be Wary of Fried Food
Frying oil is often a point of cross contact, rendering otherwise non-allergenic food unsafe to eat. If you must eat fried food, verify the type of oil they use and what ingredients are cooked in it.
Keep It Simple
In addition to the above, it’s best to order simple food that has the shortest list of ingredients possible. For example, salads, baked potatoes, and broiled chicken are often safe bets.
AIf you do have an allergic reaction at a food truck event, don’t hesitate to visit a trusted downtown Sacramento walk in clinic to seek medical attention.
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