Nutrition and Food Allergies
(2nd through 5th grade.)
When you have a food allergy, there are vitamins and nutrients (important parts of food) that your body misses out on. Learn where to find these nutrients!
- Circle your food allergies and see what vitamins and nutrients are important for your body.
Now let’s find out some other ways to get these important vitamins and nutrients, and learn what exactly they do for you. For example, searching the internet with the keywords “calcium in food,” we can learn that someone who is allergic to milk can get extra calcium from calcium tablets or calcium-fortified orange juice, in order to build strong bones. Search for your allergen and the nutrients you might be missing.
Then make a collage of magazine cut-outs to show where you can get the vitamins and nutrients.
- Kids with a peanut or tree nut allergy need to find other ways to get potassium, which is important for strong muscles.
- Kids with a wheat allergy need to find other ways to get iron, which is important for healthy blood cells.
- Kids with a soybean allergy need to find other ways to get zinc, which is important to fight colds, viruses and the flu.
- Kids with a milk allergy need to find other ways to get calcium, which is important for strong bones.
- Kids with an egg allergy need to find other ways to get vitamin B12, which is important for healthy blood cells.
What You Learned
It is important to take care of your body. Now you know a little more about what is good for it, and what you can eat to help keep it healthy.