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Health Tip: Eating Out With Food Allergies

Suggestions to avoid a problem

(HealthDay News) -- If you are allergic to one or more foods, dining out does include possible risks. But food allergies don't mean you have to stay home to stay safe.

The University of Virginia Health System offers these suggestions to help reduce the risk of an allergic reaction while eating out:

  • Review the ingredient list of menu items where you are eating. Try to obtain the menu ahead of time.
  • Tell your server about your food allergy, and ask for information on how particular dishes are prepared. If your server isn't sure, speak to the manager or the chef.
  • Don't eat from buffets or order family-style dishes, as these foods may be contaminated by other foods or utensils.
  • Stay away from fried foods. The same oil may be used to fry several different dishes.
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