Did you know that 1 in 13 Canadians suffer from a significant food allergy? Here are a few school-safe snack suggestions and tips to help navigate food allergies.
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Facts, Figures, and Easy School-Safe snack Suggestions to Help Navigate Food Allergies
Food allergies can be a life-threatening issue that affects Canadians young and old.
1-in-13 Canadians suffer from a significant food allergy.1
Of 7,029,310 Canadian children, 485,022 have food allergies.
In Canada, there were 759,164 food allergy incidents reported in 2016 for just 485,022 Canadian children with food allergies. This means children are likely to have more than one food allergy.2
Allergic reactions are generally broken down into 3 categories:3
- Ingested allergies occurs when an allergen is eaten.
- Contact allergies occurs when an allergen comes into contact with a person’s skin.
- Inhaled allergies occurs when a person breathes in an allergen.
Breaking down the most common allergies.
Allergies by Category
- Peanuts – 168,703 reports
- Tree nuts – 112,469 reports
- Eggs – 49,205 reports
- Milk – 70,293 reports
- Wheat – 21,088 reports
Note: Anaphylaxis and managing food allergies can be a challenge for both parents and children.
Tip: There’s currently no cure for food allergies, so avoidance is still the main way to prevent an allergic reaction.
In a hurry? Here are 8 school-safe snacks you can pack in under 5 minutes.
1 minute snack preparation
- Nut-free granola bars
- Dried fruits
4 minute snack preparation
- Fruits and cheese
- Vegetables with dip
Tip: Packing for a picky eater? Try a variety of snacks in small portions to encourage sampling and get your kids into the habit of packing their own snacks.
Tip: Get your kids into the habit of selecting and packing their own snacks.
Note: There may be unique allergens to be mindful of in your child’s class or school. Check in with their teacher and communicate the importance of school-safe snacks to your children.
* Times listed above are estimates based on time required to open packages and put contents into a container.
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