Food Allergies: Stay Away From These 8 Foods

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Beware: Smoothies can contain almond or nut milk, or dairy.

Allergens can lurk in the most unsuspecting places.  Avoid these foods if you have attendees with food allergies.

During MeetWell in Las Vegas, Prevue’s joint conference with the Incentive Research Foundation on integrating wellness into meetings, speaker Tracy Stuckrath of Thrive! Meetings & Events revealed 8 surprising food items or categories that can be dangerous for attendees with food allergies.


Smoothies often contain almond or other nut milks, an issue with attendees with nut allergies. (However, smoothies are a better choice than freshly squeezed juices. Juice extracts all the fiber from a vegetable or a fruit and leaves just the sugar, while smoothies keep the fiber and help people feel full.)

Chocolate desserts

Milk chocolate items are not acceptable for vegans and attendees with lactose intolerance.


These are often found in candy bars at snack time. The first ingredient in this licorice candy is whey.

Au gratin, risotto, puree

Though they seem harmless, all of these are sources of dairy.

Au jus, demi-glace, Worcestershire

Beware of sauces, period. Any sauce is a potential source of allergens, so you need to clarify what is in them.

Caesar salad

The dressing is for everyone’s favorite salad is often made with sardines.


Miso contains soy.

For more tips from MeetWell, download our free white paper: Integrating Wellness Into Meetings & Incentives.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.