There’s Something Fishy Going on with the Seafood Industry

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Did You Know…that one-third of fish in the United States is mislabeled and rife with health threats?

Who knew fish fraud was such big business?  The nonprofit ocean protection group Oceana genetically tested 1,215 fish samples taken from 674 retail outlets in 21 different states across America. Continue reading

How to Dine When You Have Food Allergies

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Food is the centerpiece of social life in American culture. During the holidays you gather with loved ones to take part in a traditional meal, meet with friends to catch up over lunch, or enjoy a romantic dinner.

All you have to do is get in your car or take a stroll down the block and count the number of Continue reading

Avoiding GMO Foods? Dine Out with Caution: Restaurants Are HUGE Source of Hidden GMOs

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The current, much-debated lack in labeling of genetically modified foods makes it difficult enough to trust your own food choices these days – let alone, trusting food prepared for you at your favorite restaurant. Heck, even just being able to relax during meal time, knowing that the food itself might be an active threat to your health and safety, Continue reading

Improving the Way Food Allergic & Gluten-Intolerant Diners Eat Out

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AllergyEats, the biggest and fastest growing source for finding allergy-friendly restaurants, is celebrating its first anniversary. Over the past year, this peer-based resource has significantly improved the way food allergic and gluten-intolerant diners eat out.

AllergyEats, a free website, lists well over 600,000 restaurants nationwide, which food allergic diners can rate. The site also offers information on restaurants’ menus (including gluten-free menus), allergen lists, nutrition information, certifications, web links, directions and more.

“Since its February 2010 launch, AllergyEats has ramped up to more than 10,000 users each month and continues to see significant growth as visitors from all 50 states rate the allergy-friendliness of their restaurant experiences,” said Paul Antico, founder of AllergyEats. “Our tremendous, ongoing growth demonstrates that the site is meeting a huge need within the food allergy community.”

“Additionally, we’ve experienced a tremendous surge of interest on our social media sites, with more than 8,000 Facebook views daily, and 3,000+ food-allergic fans regularly sharing ideas, recommendations and feedback on Facebook, Twitter and the AllergyEats Blog,” Antico continued.

As a successful mutual fund manager at Fidelity Investments, Antico was used to problem-solving during high pressure situations. But one night a few years ago, the father of five faced a different sort of challenge – driving around for more than two hours with his hungry, grumpy children in the backseat, searching for a restaurant that could accommodate their food allergies.

“I was frustrated with the inconsistencies in restaurants – some were willing to cook meals without dairy, nuts, eggs and my kids’ other ‘trigger foods,’ and some were not – and I wondered why there wasn’t a quick, easy online restaurant guide that indicated where food-allergic individuals could more comfortably eat. So I created one,” Antico explained.

This free, user-friendly website provides valuable peer-based feedback about how well (or poorly) restaurants accommodate the needs of food-allergic customers. The peer ratings and feedback allow food-allergic and gluten-intolerant diners to quickly and easily find restaurants that will cater to their special dietary requirements – and avoid those that won’t.

Most restaurant review sites include information about establishments’ food, ambiance or service, but AllergyEats is singularly focused on food allergies, with peer reviews spotlighting where people with food allergies or intolerances have more comfortably eaten.

More than 12 million Americans have food allergies, which is one in 25 people or 4% of the population. The numbers are higher for children under the age of 3, as a staggering 6% have been diagnosed with food allergies. An additional 3 million people have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance.