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Considering Special Dietary Needs When Cooking

 

Each day, Saint Germain Catering prepares fresh, quality food for people to enjoy but with that comes one very important factor: what can our customers eat? We implore customers to keep us abreast of specific allergies and other special dietary needs and with many folks preparing their own meals this holiday season, here are some things to consider and information to better understand your guests’ reasons for not eating “everything” and advice on how to accommodate their needs! If in doubt on any of your guests dietary needs, just ask! They’ll certainly appreciate it!

 

“I’m lactose-intolerant.”

This person doesn’t make enough of the enzyme needed to digest lactose, the sugar in milk. Consuming dairy causes gastrointestinal discomfort (e.g., bloating, diarrhea) within 30 minutes to two hours. Odds: 1 in 6 people. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), up to 50 million Americans are lactose-intolerant. People with lactose intolerance can safely digest the proteins in milk, just not the sugars. Some can tolerate aged cheeses and yogurts with live active cultures. Consider using “lactose-free” milk and dairy products.

 

“I have celiac disease.” (aka Gluten-free)

This person cannot digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Untreated, the disease can damage the small intestine, interfering with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. This can lead to anemia and osteoporosis. There’s a genetic component to the disorder. The only effective treatment is a gluten-free diet for life. Odds: 1 in 133 people, suggest NIH stats. This guest also must avoid rye and barley. Even trace amounts of gluten can cause health problems, so when using packaged products look not only for wheat-free foods but also a “gluten-free” label.

 

“I’m a vegan.”

This person chooses not to eat (or use) animal-derived products or products tested on animals. Odds: 1 in 72 people. A 2006 poll conducted by the Vegetarian Resource Group found that 1.4 percent of American adults consider themselves vegan. Vegan diets exclude all foods of animal origin, including meats, poultry, dairy and gelatin (some avoid honey too).

 

Saint Germain Catering takes these factors into consideration when preparing meals and highly recommends the same for those cooking themselves. Be proactive and find out any special needs in advance so the prepping, cooking and execution are flawless and everyone is happily satisfied!

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