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Healthnotes Index:

Low-Allergen Diet

Also indexed as:Allergy (Low) Diet, Elimination Diet, Hypoallergenic Diet
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Best Bets

The following foods are the least likely to provoke allergic reactions:

Beverages:

  • Almond milk
  • Herb teas (no lemon or orange)
  • Pure fruit juices without sugar or additives (dilute 50:50 with water)
  • Roasted grain beverages may be used as coffee substitutes
  • Seltzer (salt-free)
  • Spring water in glass bottles or clear plastic

Cereals:

  • Oatmeal
  • Oat bran
  • Cream of rye
  • Puffed rice and millet
  • Diluted apple juice, apple slices, and nuts go well on cereal
  • Use almond milk

Grains and flour:

Legumes:

Dried beans should be soaked overnight. Pour off the water and rinse before cooking. Canned beans often contain added sugar or other potential allergens. Some cooked beans packaged in glass jars, and sold at health food stores, contain no sugar.

Nuts and seeds:

Oils:

  • Use cold-pressed or expeller-pressed oils (available from health food stores), as they are safer for the heart and blood vessels. Do not use corn oil or “vegetable oil” from an unspecified source, as this is usually corn oil.
  • Canola oil
  • Flaxseed (edible linseed) oil (Use this oil for salads or adding to cooked foods, but not for cooking as heating this highly unsaturated oil will destroy some of the essential fatty acids and create potentially toxic byproducts.)
  • Olive oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Sunflower oil

Protein:

Vegetables:

  • All vegetables except corn are generally acceptable.
  • Tomatoes sometimes cause problems and should be avoided by susceptible individuals.

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