Guide to Food Allergies and Special Eating Needs

By EatingWell Editors, "What-they-can-eat cheat sheet," September/October 2007

The 8 most common food allergies and how to eat around them.



  • vegans

Foods to Avoid: Shrimp, crab, lobster, crawfish, and more.
Note: Experts often caution those allergic to fish to be aware of cross-contamination risks of eating fish and other seafood.

Common Hidden Sources: Fish stocks, flavorings (anything labeled “natural and/or artificial flavorings” may contain fish by-products).

Delicious Swaps:

  • Try risotto cakes instead of crab cakes.
  • Stir up a festive paella using a variety of meats and veggies instead of shellfish.

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