Sunday, May 6, 2012

Food Allergies

Living with food allergies or celiac disease presents several challenges when searching for chocolate; combing the aisles for gourmet chocolate and spending hours reading ingredients is a frustration known all too well to those with special diets. Most chocolate in grocery stores and even specialty stores are not safe for people on special restrictive diets because they contain ingredients that could make them very ill. Studies have found that Celiac disease is much more common now than it was many years ago which you can see from the expanding gluten-free sections in supermarkets. Celiac disease sufferers have to be wary of barley malt and wheat, which are commonly used in gourmet candies. Even beautiful celebrities like Emmy Rossum (lead Actress in “Phantom of the Opera”), Elizabeth Hasselbeck (co-host of “The View”) and former president's daughter, Chelsea Clinton have restrictive diets due to Celiac Disease. The disease also affects Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints! Who knew so many celebrities have to deal with the same thing that 1 in 133 or three million Americans have to deal with. What makes this worse, is only 1 in 4,700 people are actually diagnosed with the disease.

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 6 and 8 percent of children suffer from potentially life-threatening reactions to food. Even famous faces like television star Ray Romano, Joshua Jackson and tennis pro Serena Williams have to watch their diets for deadly peanuts. Actress Zooey Deschanel deals with sensitivities to dairy, eggs and wheat. Allergies to milk and lactose intolerance severely limit the choices of chocolate on the market. Most people with special diets have to completely eliminate chocolate from their diets to avoid uncomfortable or even deadly reactions—but not anymore!  Since Premium Chocolatiers products are free of gluten, nuts, milk and eggs, they are completely safe for those with celiac disease and milk, nut or egg allergies. Rest assured that all products are 100% vegan and Kosher Parve for dairy-free diets!
These allergy-safe, gluten-free chocolates are perfect for a decadent snack and even cooking; you may melt the chocolate and use it in delicious recipes you find online—or even use as dip for strawberries! If you are entertaining guests with restrictive diets or going to a special event, these chocolates make a wonderful hostess gift or after-dinner treat! Send your kids to school with gourmet allergy-safe, kid-tested and gluten-free truffles to be a hit with every teacher on the block!

Since there are so few companies that cater to specialized diets, it is critical to remain aware of the companies that are safe for allergy sufferers and those with celiac disease. What a joy it is to enjoy one of your favorite foods again! Let Premier Chocolatiers be your one-stop convenient shop for all your chocolate needs!

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