Where the top eight food allergens hide in your food

Robyn O'Brien, Author of "The Unhealthy Truth", discusses the most common food allergens in children and shares advice on what foods they can often be found in without you knowing of their existence
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Where the top eight food allergens hide in your food

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What are the top eight allergens? Well, today the top eight allergens are soy, wheat, egg, cow's milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shell fish. But what we're finding is that a growing list of foods are triggering allergic reactions, and increasingly we're seeing corn. Sometimes these allergens are tucked into foods in places we would never expect. For example, you might be at a restaurant getting a side order of black beans, and it's been cooked in soybean oil. Sometimes high-fructose corn syrup can find it's way into bread, and you're not aware if you have a child with a corn allergy. So, that's why it's so incredibly important to read the label. And just as allergens are labeled in our food supply, a growing number of Americans are wanting to join the rest of the world and also have these genetically-engineered ingredients labeled, too.

Robyn O'Brien, Author of "The Unhealthy Truth", discusses the most common food allergens in children and shares advice on what foods they can often be found in without you knowing of their existence

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Robyn O'Brien

Author, The Unhealthy Truth

Robyn O'Brien is recognized by Teri Hatcher, Kourtney Kardashian, Kristen Bell and moms around the world.  She has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by The New York Times and has been named by SHAPE Magazine as a “Women To Shape the World”, by Forbes Woman as one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter,” and by The Discovery Channel as one of its 15 Top Visionaries. She is a former food industry analyst, author, mother of four and the founder of AllergyKids Foundation. Robyn graduated as the top woman in her class from business school before working as a financial analyst that covered the food industry. She is regarded as an expert on children’s health policy.  She has appeared on CNN, The Dr Oz show, Today Show, Good Morning America, CNBC's Kudlow Report, Fox News and the Ricki Lake Show and has appeared in several documentary films, including Food Patriots, Unacceptable Levels, Genetic Roulette.  

Robyn’s work has been recognized by individuals such as Yoko Ono, Robert Kennedy Jr., Ted Turner and Prince Charles. She is the founder of the visionary organization allergykidsfoundation.org which is focused on restoring the integrity of the food supply and the health of children, the author of The Unhealthy Truth (Random House 2010) and her work is seen in Food, Inc. filmmaker Robert Kenner’s 2012 video, Labels Matter, and in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

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