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Food Allergies
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Food Allergies
食物过敏

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Date: Feb 20 2013

Themes: Food, Health

Grammar: Zero Conditional

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We eat so many different kinds of food every day, it’s no wonder that our bodies are confused by some of them. It’s no fun when you have an allergic reaction to something you ate.

Food allergies can be very serious. Some common allergens, like shellfish or peanuts, can even kill the people who are allergic to them. Other people are only mildly allergic to foods and simply feel a little bit sick when they eat them.

No matter how serious the food allergy is, when you can’t have something, it makes you want it more. Just ask someone who is allergic to milk how good an ice cream cone sounds, and you’ll find out.

Sara has to be very careful about what she eats. She has an allergy to a very common food. Listen to her tell Mason about it in this health English lesson.

我们每天吃多种食物,难怪我们的身体会搞不清楚某些食物。如果你对一些吃到的食物过敏,就不妙了。

食物过敏可能非常严重。一些常见的过敏源,例如贝类或花生,甚至可以导致对其过敏的人死亡。而另一些人仅对某种食物轻度过敏,当吃到这些食物时,通常感到有点不舒服。

无论食物过敏多么严重,当你不能吃某些食物时,反而会让你想吃更多。只需问问对牛奶过敏却爱吃冰淇淋蛋筒的人,便会知道。

萨拉必须对所吃的食物非常小心。她对一种非常常见的食物过敏。在本节健康英语课上,听听她对梅森谈起此事。

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Sara

Sara

Mason

Mason

Sara:  Sometimes it’s such a drag when I try to go out to eat. I have a pretty major food allergy.

Mason:  That can be a real bummer. I count myself pretty lucky that I don’t. I mean, I can’t do spicy food, but that’s just because I’m a wuss.

Sara:  I have an allergy to gluten, so I can have no wheat, no rye, and no barley, but wheat is the main thing.

Mason:  What happens to you if you do?

Sara:  It just really messes up my digestion. It sort of throws my whole system off and my body can’t even absorb nutrients properly if I eat any.

Mason:  That’s terrible! How long did you take to figure that out? Or was it just something that happened out of the blue?

Sara:  I found out about 6 years ago, but my whole life I knew I didn’t want to eat wheat. I would, instead of bringing sandwiches to school, I would bring a little baggie with bologna in it or something. I just knew I didn’t want to eat bread.

Mason:  Well, I guess you knew, when you have control, but how do you avoid it in stuff? Packaged food is probably pretty easy, but do you just not eat street food or things where it might be sneaking in?

Sara:  I try to ask really explicitly if I go to a restaurant, and if the waiter says,”Oh, I don’t think that has wheat in it,” I need to say, “Can you go and ask the chef if it has wheat in it please.” But I’ve been pretty lucky.

 

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Sara has a difficult time going out to eat because she is allergic to gluten. She can’t eat wheat or rye. It makes her sick.

When she was young, Sara didn’t know about her allergy, but knew that she didn’t like bread because it made her feel bad.

Mason wonders how Sara is able to find out if something has wheat in it. She says she sometimes has to ask the waiter to ask the chef.

Do you have any food allergies? Is it hard to avoid the foods you’re allergic to?

 

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matt1372

matt1372

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I’m not allergic to anything….gust eat

09:15 AM Aug 22 2013 |

Libyan spirit

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

My young brother has food allergy to milk and any kind of cow’s production and in this time is so difficult to avoid them in food and we must be take care of him all the time.


 

08:24 AM Aug 22 2013 |

harith_964

harith_964

Iraq

Luckily i don’t have any food allergies :)

11:56 AM Feb 24 2013 |

chelinitz

chelinitz

Chile

I’m not allergic to anything. I love eatinggggggggggggggggg!!!

02:18 PM Feb 21 2013 |

masoudhsn

masoudhsn

Canada

Hopefully, I don’t have any kind of allergy, but I have seen a plenty of them in different patients. One of the most common allergic reactions that people are involved are food allergies which is a true bummer because these folks usually have got the symptoms out of the blue. However, there is other kind of allergens which sometimes are fatal for people like bee sting. I saw a guy with this problem that he was brought to the hospital by someone. Unfortunately, he had been passed away when he was arrived although the had been stung  15 minutes before. That was one of the many sad story that has happened in my career practice in the hospital.  

12:48 PM Feb 21 2013 |

DAMAVAND

DAMAVAND

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

DuanRor,


I think it’s not an allergic reaction,it causes because of alcohol’s effects on the mind and nervous system, like illusion that you mentioned.

10:19 PM Feb 20 2013 |

DuanRor

DuanRor

Indonesia

Most people i know are allergic to alcohol. if they drink, they puke and act weird. sometimes they talk to a cupboard or any other furniture near by. hahahaa..

10:02 PM Feb 20 2013 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

Jawsome, your allergy to sunflower seeds refreshed my memory. Severe reaction to this product transformed the face in a minute into a big swollen watermelon. Thanks God, the breathing pathways still got some air in. But, I’m afraid, if it’s not for the nurse who was nearby, that would be too late.

01:55 PM Feb 20 2013 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

Allergy is a quite a weird thing. I’ve never had one, but I’ve been a witness of some harmfull effects cause by allergy. Usually it’s hereditary, but what I think it can be developed as well after a strong medication, severe illness. There’s nothing good in it. oh, just remembered. I’m milk intolerant, but buttermilk and ice cream in moderation is ok.


Remember Hitch after eating seafood.


01:24 PM Feb 20 2013 |

naira71

naira71

Azerbaijan

I havent any allergic reaction and can eat any food,fruit and vegetables.

01:05 PM Feb 20 2013 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

a2020,  well, my friend, ejeeem…   some scratches are really embarrassing.   :))))))

01:00 PM Feb 20 2013 |

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a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Actually when i eat spicy foods whole of my body starts to scratch ,but it’s hard to avoid spicy foods because i love spicy foods,so i don’t care a little scratch that happens sometimes.

11:53 AM Feb 20 2013 |

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✰Nikki✰

United States

A couple of years ago I had to eliminate all dairy products from my diet which of course caused some major changes in my eating habits. Weeks and weeks of many frustrations went by until I eventually mastered the learning curve of saying bye-bye to Mac & Cheese :) However, i didn’t find it hard to give up on butter, olive oil works great for me instead. 



10:39 AM Feb 20 2013 |

Ngubo Sixtus

South Africa

so far i haven’t allergic to any food

08:29 AM Feb 20 2013 |

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wannicho

wannicho

China

yes, i have allergies to fish and some seafood , they make me feel sick , i think it runs in the family , one of my cousins shares the same problem with me . not that easy to avoid when you have to eat outside not under ur parents’ roof anymore, so sometimes u have to put up with it, sort out the unwanted food , even though that means u r gonna starve  urself .i’ve been there

08:06 AM Feb 20 2013 |

silviosabenca

Brazil

I like seafood, but I´m  allergic to shirimp  . A couple days I went straight to the hospital after ate some shirimps. I took antiallergic medicament.

08:02 AM Feb 20 2013 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Sara is quite clear about  going to a restaurant and make sure that not even a grain of wheat should  by accident  have  fallen  in the food that she is being served.Otherwise, she might be in big trouble, so severe  is this  allergic.

05:42 AM Feb 20 2013 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

I can eat any kind of food, only not too spicy. I have a cousin in America who  ignored that she was celiac (allergic to gluten) She was to be taken to the hospital  in a rush , after an internation of several days  ,medical tests  showed the root of her problem. Gluten !!!!

05:17 AM Feb 20 2013 |

DaeNg

DaeNg

Thailand

I am Smoke Allergies

04:50 AM Feb 20 2013 |

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Ya Nina

Kazakhstan

Fortunately, I haven’t food allergy. Meanwhile once I had allergic reaction to wormwood. It was terrible! I hadn’t any drops which could helped me. My eyes itched permanently, without stopping. It became red and puffed. I remember that time with horror.


If renew the subject to food allergy and avoiding some foods, then it can compare with the diets and healthy eating. Any way we need to avoid those foods which we dream to eat for the safe of our life. In the first instance we have to avoid the allergen because it may cause to instantaneous death. In the second instance we have to eat useful foods and avoid unhealthy but tasty products because it may give constipation our organism that end up micromegaly and early death.


So we have to be strong inspite of the fact that all forbidden foods may seem more tasty and wishful:)

03:27 AM Feb 20 2013 |

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