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Misconceptions About Food Allergies

There are common misconceptions about food allergies. The following is a list of certain misconceptions and what the true facts are about food allergies: 1. A food allergy just means a mild reaction like stomach aches or mild hives, to a certain food. However food allergies can be a lot more dangerous than that. Hives can be the first symptom of anaphalactic shock, leading to the throat closing, loss of consciousness, and even death. Food allergies are not only potentially life-threatening, they’re life-altering. People with food allergies must always be vigilant to ensure they avoid reactions. 2.Digesting a small amount of...
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Students with Food Allergies

If you are a student with food allergies, dealing with dorm life can be a challenge. Many of your peers may not have exposure to anaphylactic allergies and do not understand the danger. It is important to keep your friends informed and take precautions to ensure your living environment is safe. For example, an allergy sufferer meets his roommate for the first time and explains he is allergic to peanuts. His well-intending roommate loves peanut butter and promises to be careful whenever he eats peanut butter in the room. "I'll keep the peanut butter on my side of the room. How dangerous can it be?"...
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Allergy Cards for Kids with Food Allergies

Every parent knows that traveling to a foreign country can be risky, especially for children with allergies. If your child is traveling for a short-term, summer, or year long program, you must take action immediately. Unfamiliarity with the local language, customs, and cuisine can be challenging and even dangerous. Kate Ryan Williams of the Huffington Post describes the fear that grips parents when their children have an allergic reaction without them present: "Tears came along with the terror of the realization that I could do nothing for my child. Things were beyond my control, out of my hands. I was crying so...
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Planning an Allergy Free Trip to Israel

It is possible to plan an allergy-free trip to Israel, but it takes a lot of preparation. The earlier you begin planning, the safer the trip will be! Many families and children with allergies come to Israel to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Food Allergy Concierge is here to make your dream Bar/Bat Mitzvah trip come true even when family members have food allergies. After completing complicated logistics and working with your tour company and tour guide, we reserve restaurants along your itinerary. We spend hours doing research to assure you of a safe food environment. Food Allergy Concierge only works with...
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Forward: How Israel Beat Peanut Allergies

Eliana Marcus Aaron writes "Allergy advocacy used to be easy. Given the potentially tragic consequences of anaphylactic shock , everyone assumed a simple formula: the more precautions the better. In wealthy countries like the United States, ever greater accommodations were made to ensure that allergy sufferers were separated from the foods that cou...
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Allergy Free Baked Goods in Israel

There's no doubt that Israel is not the easiest place to live or travel for those with allergies. Sesame, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts are almost ubiquitous in baked goods of all kinds: from cakes to cookies, from bread to burekas. Even when a product does not contain one of these problem ingredients, it's more likely than not that it was mixed or baked with contaminated utensils. Until now, Israelis and tourists with allergies had to suffer in silence, whilst everyone else enjoyed all the delicious things Israeli bakeries have to offer. EMA care and Food Allergy Concierge are proud to...
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Enjoy Travelling with a Food Allergy in Israel

For many kosher tourists a main attraction of visiting Israel is food. You might write your postcards about your visit to the Western Wall or the Dead Sea, but what's really exciting is being able to find a restaurant, bakery or fast food stand with delicious food you can actually eat, anytime, anywhere. The French Riviera or the hills of Tuscany h...
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Food Allergy Cards in Hebrew

Food allergy cards in Hebrew are available for residents and tourists! Food Allergy Concierge takes your special dietary needs as seriously as you do and our food allergy cards will help keep you safe. This is not simply a translation service! Food Allergy Concierge is the only company that combines our medical expertise, your unique food allergies and reactions, AND our knowledge of Israeli cuisine and culture!! Traveling in Israel with food allergies can be stressful. Israel’s population has one of the lowest rates of food allergies, which sounds great - but it translates to less awareness. Therefore, having a simply translated...
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Gluten-Free in Israel

A gluten-free diet in Israel can be difficult because there is poor awareness of gluten allergy, gluten intolerance and/or celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine.  There is hidden gluten everywhere and for a celiac, it can mean severe stomach pains and hospital admittance.  When a celiac patient is unable to strictly adhere to a gluten-free diet, there is also a long-term risk for certain cancers.  If you must be living gluten-free in Israel, Food Allergy Concierge  is here to guide you in staying healthy. The following ingredients...
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Pesach with Food Allergies

Pesach for people with food allergies can be daunting. Charoset, an essential dish at all Seders has nuts as a main ingredient. Also, there are the traditional hard boiled eggs. The Pesach menu typically includes matzoh balls, kugels, and desserts which are full of eggs. Many ingredients, even certified Kitniyot-free may contain traces of sesame and even peanuts.  Even chefs and kashrut Rabbis are surprised to see these “surprises” in products that are kosher for Passover. Additionally, desserts often contain nuts, as eggs and nuts are good substitutes for Chametz ingredients.  Therefore these two common allergens are predominant in Pesach recipes....
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What Our Clients Say

Meticulous in their preparations

During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.

 After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.

 Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.

 We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.

T.M., Chicago, USA

Comfortable, calm, and at ease

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!

We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.

My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!

It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)

We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!! 

CO, Canada
April 2016

Very Helpful

Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.

Yasher Koach!
L.R., NY, NY

Delicious and Safe

Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel.  We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!

All the best,

S.C., New Jersey

Thank You

We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.

T.G., Philadelphia, PA

The Allergy Card was Extremely Helpful

"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew.  The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”

G.A. Illinois USA

Our Latest Blogs

15 May 2019
Conventional wisdom has long held that if a child is at risk for peanut allergies, it’s best to delay exposure as long as possible. But in recent years, research has shown that early exposure is key to preventing allergies to peanuts.In 2017, guideli...
08 May 2019
Have you seen allergy bracelets for sale and wondered whether they were really necessary? For people with slight allergies which are just an annoyance, allergy bracelets are not a necessity, but for those who can go into anaphylactic shock from expos...
02 May 2019
When you’re traveling with family members who have food allergies, a successful allergy-free vacation is dependent on many factors, including the destination you choose. Obviously, many considerations go into choosing a vacation destination, such as ...