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Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies and can affect 1 in 13 children. This works out to every 2 children in each classroom having food allergies. This has been a 50% increase from 1997 to 2011. The CDC has also determined children, teens and young adults with asthma, eczema, or environmental allergies such as hay fever tend to be more susceptible to food allergies.
Eight foods are found to account for 90% of all reactions.
These include milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.
The most common signs of food sensitivity/allergy is tingling in the mouth, swelling of the tongue and throat, difficulty breathing, hives, vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, lowered blood pressure and in the most extreme cases death. Symptoms frequently missed by parents and providers as being related to food allergies includes headaches, fatigue, nasal congestion, irritability, skin discoloration or rash and less specific behaviors such as "sighing", colic, asthma, bedwetting or ADHD type behavior.
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but it's worth it. Healthy eating habits do much more than decrease your risk of chronic diseases. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is key to feeling and looking your best. Whenever possible, eating fresh, in season fruits and vegetables is ideal.
An easy way to determine if you are eating well is to look at the packaging. Basically - If it's white, wrapped in plastic or in a box don't eat it!
Introduce your family to fresh, local produce by visiting a farmers' market or the Happy Valley Farm Trail here in beautiful northern California. In Shasta County we have a number of great farmers' markets that operate during the summer months and the Redding Saturday Market runs through December. Stop by a farmers' market or explore the Happy Valley Farm Trail to see what's available throughout the year! Another option is to grow your own. Nothing tastes as good as homegrown, fresh vegetables!
For more detailed information on the benefits of eating organic, return to the home page and scroll to the featured articles section. Look for the article titled "Locally grown, organicallly grown - You are what you eat"!
Shasta County has a number of certified seasonal farmers' markets that provide produce and other food that is fresh, locally grown, and often organic.
1. Redding Market Saturday, Apr 9 - Dec 17, 7:30 am - noon
(Civic Center West Parking Lot, 777 Cypress Avenue, Redding)
2. Jolly Giant Market Saturday and Sunday, April 30 - Sept 25, 8am - 3 pm
(Jolly Giant Flea Market, 6719 Eastside Road, Anderson)
3. Turtle Bay Market Sunday, June 12 - Sept 25, 8 am - noon
(Sundial Bridge Parking Lot, opposite 844 Sundial Bridge Drive, Redding)
4. Marilyn Miller Market Tuesday, June 14 - Oct 11, 7:30 am - noon
(Shasta Center Parking Lot, 1700 Churn Creek Road, Redding)
5. Palo Cedro Market Wednesday, June 1 - Oct 26, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
(Farm Bureau Parking Lot (next to post office), 9444 Deschutes Road,
6. Anderson Market Thursday, May 19 - Sept 29, 7:30 am - 1 pm
(Shasta Outlets Parking Lot, 1699 Hwy 273, Anderson)
7. Enterprise Market Thursday, June 9-Sept 29, 5:30-8pm
(Enterprise Health Foods Parking Lot, 1380 Hartnell Avenue, Redding)