What do you eat when you are unable to find out what the ingredients are? How do you know what is safe and what’s not?
Recently, I went to a baseball game for our home team, the Boston Red Sox, with my mom. When you’re at an event like a concert or a sports game, the food is usually just out there in the open with no labels that you can read. There’s the hotdogs, hamburgers, pizza, pretzels, popcorn, all out, unwrapped with no ingredients attached to them. When you’re in a long line ordering food where it’s just go, go, go, it’s kind of hard to stop and ask someone for the ingredients and explain your food sensitivities. The people handing out the food most likely aren’t going to know what’s in the food or how it’s made.
At a ball game, when you’re in the stadium, at your seats, the workers go around handing out the food; hot dogs, bugers, cotton candy, etc… but, once again, there’s no labels and the workers handing out the food probably don’t know the ingredients as well.
With my uncommon sensitivities to canola oil and soy lecithin, every food item is a risky food item. At a ballpark, a hot dog may be okay to eat depending on how it’s cooked, but the bun most likely has soy lecithin in it, although I wouldn’t know. Pizza is too risky as the dough could have soy lecithin in it and the sauce could have canola oil in it, but that’s unknown. Is the pizza made fresh, which means I have a better chance of being able to eat it or is frozen pizza? The popcorn is like movie theatre popcorn, which is cooked in canola oil, so I probably wouldn’t be able to eat it, but once again I don’t know. And for the prezltes, well who knows what’s in those.
When you’re at a place where the ingredients aren’t available to you, then you’re better off being safe and not eating anything; not chancing it. Luckily, I knew ahead of time that at a baseball game I wouldn’t have much luck eating the food provided and finding out the ingredients, so I brought my own safe snacks. I was however, able to buy a bag of peanuts, but then that got me questioning about the safety of those with peanut allergies.
Yes, the peanuts are sold in a sealed bag, but once opened, they’re everywhere, out in the open. There’s no guarantee that you will be able to avoid peanuts, in fact, the person right next to you could be eating peanuts. That means that a ballpark is unsafe for those with severe peanut allergies. I think that’s quite unfair that someone gets to miss out on all the baseball fun of watching a game live because of their uncontrollable peanut allergies. With peanuts being one of the main allergens and more and more developing allergies, shouldn’t peanuts be banned from ballparks? Why are peanuts still allowed at games? How do those of you with peanut allergies feel about peanuts being a main snack sold at ball games?
At the end of the day, like most of my experiences, it was still a fun night; I still enjoyed the game and being with my mom even with the un-ability of eating the food provided. I still brought my own food so I didn’t starve and the reality is, I wasn’t there for the food; it’s not about the food. I was there to enjoy the game and spend time with my mom, which I did. It was a good night. Go Sox!!