Eliminating a food group due to food allergies can be concerning for many parents. Having a food allergy has the potential to affect nutrient intake and place a child at an increased risk for inadequate intake and poor growth.
Education and nutrition monitoring of an allergic child is critical for healthy development.
Read on for how to replace missing nutrients in your allergic child’s diet.
|ALLERGEN||MISSING NUTRIENTS||SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVES|
|Wheat||B vitamins, calcium, iron||Meats, fish, poultry, legumes, eggs, dairy, leafy greens, fortified alternative grains (ie. Rice, corn, oats, buckwheat, quinoa)|
|Eggs||Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B5 (panthothenic acid), vitamin B12, biotin, selenium, iron, folic acid, vitamin E, chromium||Meats, fish, poultry, dairy, legumes, beans, nuts, fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, enriched grains|
|Milk||Vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus||Meats, legumes, whole grains, nuts, mushrooms, fortified foods/beverages (fortified with B vitamins, calcium, and vitamin D), fish, bright yellow and orange vegetables|
|Soy||Protein, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B6||Meats, fish, poultry, legume, eggs, dairy, fruit (fresh and dried), vegetables, nuts, peas, seeds, milk, leafy greens, enriched whole grains|
|Wheat||Thiamin, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), niacin, iron, zinc, selenium, chromium, folic acid||Meats, fish, poultry, legumes, eggs, nuts, dairy, fruit, vegetables, leafy greens, potatoes, fortified alternative fortified grain products (rice, corn, oats, barley, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, farina)|
|Peanuts/Tree Nuts||Vitamin E, biotin, copper, folic acid, niacin, magnesium, manganese, chromium||Meats, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, fruit, vegetables, vegetable oils, soybean, enriched grains|
|Fish/Shellfish||Protein, niacin, vitamins B6, B12, A, E||Meats, poultry, eggs, dairy, fruit, vegetables, enriched grains|