Thursday, November 29, 2012

Just Try It! - OR - Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot, Plus Other Tips to Take With You While You Eat This Holiday Season and Beyond.

I have heard countless people comment upon seeing a food item that is labeled, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, etc. pass it up due to the label that somehow translates to them as… “That must taste bad”

I suggest a little more thought be placed around this decision.

Your steak, be it tenderloin, flank or chuck is wheat free, dairy free, egg free, peanut free, soy free, fish free.

Hershey’s kisses could wear a sign proudly announcing “gluten free”. Would this cause you to drop them and grab another bag?  (A marketing test I would LOVE to perform.)

Your apple, orange, mango, pea pods are all free of the big 8 allergens.

What are the big 8 allergens you ask?
Crustacean Fish
Tree nuts

Let’s not forget that most fudge and flourless chocolate is also gluten free. OH, what a CRIME to have missed that taste sensation with a poor judgment call to assume sand gluten = sans flavor.

The list goes on and on!

Keep these things in mind as you travel to parties and gatherings.  I promise you, you will be AMAZED at what sensitivity friendly taste treats are hiding out there to be discovered and enjoyed. If you are not someone that has had to deal with food sensitivities, you may find the various “frees” intimidating and perhaps feel as if they are a subtle warning to stay away.   They may just be the product of a very conscientious host.  Food sensitivities and allergies are on the rise at phenomenal rates. This is something you will likely see more often. Hosts and catering services are reaping the benefits of business with this extra effort.

That being said… use common sense when the plate of gluten free, dairy free, peanut free chocolate chip cookies contains a much smaller population than the regular “everything” cookie platter.  You may want to back off for the sake of ensuring the guests in need of food sensitivity friendly foods have had their fill.  (Have you seen the episode of How I Met Your Mother with Martian Short at Marshall and Lily's party? He plays a vegetarian. There were vegetarian egg rolls at the party but they were so good everyone else ate them and he had nothing left at the party to eat. It was NOT pretty.  Just something to consider!). This can be solved by confirming with the host or catering. And who knows, your consideration and awareness may pay off in impressing the person you have been desperately wanting to flirt with all evening!

There is a difference in being respectful and being persnickety and passing up the well labeled food due to new food fears. Don't shoot yourself in the foot!

Go forth and have a wonderful and delicious holiday season! 

Judy B. 

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