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EXCLUSIVE: Read Yo' Labels!

Margaux's Nutrition Nibble

Reading labels is super duper important for moms! You especially want to know what's inside that packaged food if your kid has allergies.

Perezitos's nutrition expert Margaux has some tips on what to AVOID when reading labels.

Margaux says:

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Deciding On The Best Non-Dairy Milk For You!

Filed under: Exclusives!DietsFoodLisa DeFazio

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A FitPerez reader is looking for the best non-dairy milk available and wrote dietitian Lisa De Fazio for help, asking:

Which is the best non-dairy milk for you? There are so many different choices (almond, hemp, rice, soy, coconut) I want to make sure I am drinking the best one.

According to Lisa:

They all have their pros and cons, it depends on your allergies, tolerance, and dietary needs. Personally, I use almond milk. I love the flavor and I use the vanilla flavored almond milk in coffee, smoothies and cereal.

Some people are allergic to almond milk, some people want to avoid soy so they avoid soy milk. Coconut milk may be higher in fat, so some people avoid it. A diabetic who is counting their carbohydrates may avoid rice milk and go with a higher protein milk substitute. The bottom line is that it just depends on your individual needs and allergies. If you have no allergies and no medical issues, I recommend soy or almond milk.

About Lisa: Lisa De Fazio, MS, RD, is a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science. She is a Host and leading Medical Nutrition Expert in the media, she has been quoted in over 50 print and Internet articles, and has been featured nationally on ABC, CBS, and FOX. See www.lisadefazio.com for media placements and videos.

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EXCLUSIVE: How To Make Allergen-Free Cookies

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Nom nom nom!! We want these RIGHT NOW!

Do you or your children have allergies? And miss chocolate chip cookies?!

Have no fear! Perezitos contributor, Candid Mommy is here to save the day!

She has a deeeelicious recipe for chocolate chip cookies that are ALLERGEN-FREE!! Yep, that's right - no dairy, soy, eggs, or nuts! Seriously! And they look so yummy!

Ch-ch-check out the video above to find out hot to make them! (Looks pretty easy!!!)

And for more Candid Mommy, click HERE to check out her YouTube page!

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Kourtney Kardashian And Alicia Silverstone Feed Their Children Alternative Diets

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Hollywood starlets aren't the only people who are taking on alternative diets to stay healthy.

Now, their children are being forced inheriting the new "unusual eating habits" fad so that they can become even pickier eaters!

Kourtney Kardashian is one celeb mom who chooses to remove wheat, nuts, and meats from her 2-year-old son Mason's diet.

And it all started when Kourt realized that Mason was allergic to peanut butter and he began to break out in hives.

She says:

"Friday night Mason ate some peanut butter and had a little allergic reaction to it. He threw up within minutes of tasting it and got hives on his face. I called 911, and the fire department came immediately. They suggested that we take him to the hospital, so we did. He was in good spirits the whole time and didn’t even know anything was wrong. He even enjoyed riding in the ambulance. He's such a good boy!"

Aww, poor Masey! Glad he's okay now.

Other celeb mommas who are giving their children alternative diets include Alicia Silverstone who is vegan.

She speaks about giving her son Bear a plant-based diet:

"Bear was grown on vegan food, and we’ll continue nourishing him with a healthy diet. He'll be eating an organic, plant-based diet. I intend to take great care of his precious, new baby body, so I'm committed to giving him nothing but the purest and most healthy food possible. We want to keep his immune system strong so that he'll be super healthy, which is just one of the many reasons he'll eat vegan."

And Madonna feeds her son Rocco Ritchie a vegetarian, macrobiotic, organic diet that is identical to what she feeds herself.

Hollywood tots are definitely eating a whole more different than what the average child is eating. Of course, children should be eating healthy, especially during their most formative years, but are some moms going too far??

Hmmm…

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Dr. Patrick Mahaney And Pet Allergies

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Dr. Patrick Mahaney is back with a TeddyHilton.com exclusive video about pet allergies.

It's fall and as the seasons change, they bring different allergens with them.

Check out the above video to get some useful tips from Dr. Patrick Mahaney on how to keep your pet happy and health as it gets colder and leaves continue to fall.

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Help Keep Your Pets Allergy Free

Filed under: Business BlitzPets

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Allergies don't only affect humans.

Your pets can suffer from seasonal allergies just the same, and if they do, how about getting them a petcover?

Allergens can build up overtime and embed themselves into your pet’s favorite spots.

So Sure Fit petcovers has designed a special, and machine-washable, slipcover for your pets to rest on.

They come in different colors and range from about $39 to $49.

Not a bad idea.

Have you used anything similar? Share your suggestions with us here.

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30 Worst Cities For Allergies

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30 Worst Cities For Allergies

Have seasonal allergies? Live in one of these cities?

Sorry.

The following cities have been deemed by research lab Quest Diagnostics as the worst cities for allergies in the US.

1. Dallas
2. Phoenix
3. Baltimore
4. Washington, D.C.
5. Boston
6. Philadelphia
7. Chicago
8. Cincinnati
9. Atlanta
10. Cleveland
11. Los Angeles
12. Riverside-San Bernardino
13. New York
14. Minneapolis-St. Paul
15. Saint Louis
16. San Diego
17. San Francisco
18. Denver
19. Kansas City
20. Houston
21. Seattle
22. Las Vegas
23. Orlando
24. Sacramento
25. San Antonio
26. Miami
27. Pittsburgh
28. Tampa
29. Detroit
30. Portland

Time to stock up on allergy meds if you live in the cities above.

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