Because the number of people with food allergies has drastically increased within the last decade, understanding food allergies and anaphylaxis has become more and more necessary. More children can’t have peanut butter sandwiches or scrambled eggs.
To find out how many of my friends and family were knowledgeable about food allergies, and to understand their opinions on how the rise in allergies should affect the restaurant business, I designed a survey (with the results of that survey documented here). In addition to a survey, I also interviewed a friend of mine about his knowledge of food allergies and what he thought about the difference in taste of regular food and allergen-free food.
The results of both my survey and interview were astounding! Thankfully, significantly more people understand the severity of food allergies and anaphylaxis than five years ago. While it’s upsetting that more children are being encumbered with food allergies, it’s great to know that more adults are attempting to understand the children’s plight — especially when they don’t even have children with food allergies!