Food Allergies and Buffets

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: What do you do?
    I don't have a food allergy and I eat at buffets : (20 votes)
    51 %
    I don't have a food allergy but don't eat at buffets : (0 votes)
    My allergy is fairly mild and I eat at buffets : (7 votes)
    18 %
    My allergy is fairly mild and I don't eat at buffets : (2 votes)
    5 %
    My allergy is severe and I eat at buffets : (7 votes)
    18 %
    My allergy is severe and I don't eat at buffets : (3 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    740 posts
    Busy bee

    My husband cannot eat gluten and just does the best he can. At buffets, there isn’t always much he can eat. Sometimes he will just eat the gluten items at buffets because there are not other choices besides vegtables and he will suffer consequeces for the next few days. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    1119 posts
    Bumble bee

    AB Bride:  I can’t eat wheat at all. I will be very ill, very quickly. I usually end up only eating really obviously gluten free things like vegetable sticks and plain chunks of cheese and even then if there’s been cross contamination I end up ill. It’s getting to the point where I would likely just go hungry rather than risk being that ill. If there is any warning that where I am going will be a buffet I always make the host aware and discuss with them whether there will be something I can eat, whether I should bring something with me or if I just eat before the event. I’d rather have an awkward conversation than be that ill just to ‘be polite’. I also just tell people my sensitivity has increased if they knew about the intolerance when it was milder.

    Post # 5
    Member
    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m deathly allergic to peanuts and generally do eat at dinner buffets, especially if it’s like mashed potates, veggies, chicken, roast beef, etc. If it’s a type of food that commonly contains peanuts (like Vietnamese or something) I would probably skip it due to the likelyhood of cross-contamination. Dessert tables are also usually off limits. If I’m really hungry and uncertain I will grill the chef on ingredients, but they usually won’t guarantee that the food has not come into contact with peanuts. In those cases they usually make me up a plate in the back because I look sad and hungry LOL.

    Post # 6
    Member
    6026 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    If it’s a hosted event, I advise the host and ask them to check with the caterer or chef and give me a list of what’s off-limits to me. If it’s a buffet at a restaurant, I ask the manager.

    Post # 7
    Member
    1242 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    AB Bride:  I think it depends on your allergy/intolerance. For instance, my mom has celiac disease. One crumb can make her severely sick, even cost a trip to the er. So she would not eat at a buffet – mostly because she would be worried that a guest would use the same serving spoon on the pasta and then dip it into something gluten free.

    i on the otherhand am allergic to ginger. if i eat it, I also will be making a trip to the er. But, if I know the food has not been near anything cooked with ginger, no where near the table that has food containing ginger. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    6026 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    AB Bride:  true you have to worry about cross-contamination but the contaminating dish is most likely to contaminate its neighbor and not a dish all the way at the other end. Using common sense and avoiding neighboring dishes has worked very well for me. There is generally still enough of a selection that I don’t starve. I can balance my severe allergies with my practical need to eat.

    Post # 11
    Member
    6026 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    AB Bride:  generally wise to avoid communal dishes like sauces but there gets to be a point where you are so busy worrying about what “might” happen that your life suffers. I might get hit by a bus every time I cross the street; I’d rather take reasonable precautions and cross my fingers rather than just staying on this side of the block forever.

    Post # 13
    Member
    437 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I have celiac and do not eat at buffets because I have come in contact with too many people serving at buffets and mixing spoons! The cross contamination fear is too high risk for me, as I get severely ill. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    766 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I am allergic to two very common ingredients: black pepper and soy (which is in EVERYTHING that is processed.  You don’t realize until you have to look at labels). My allergy is mild, however, so I usually risk it and carry benadryl

    Post # 15
    Member
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    AB Bride:  I hate buffets. I have celiac and will make my best guess of what I can eat. If the gluten free options are labeled,  I will try to grab from the back to avoid cross contamination. I will eat, but not much.

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