A Look At Food Allergies and Intolerances
This page is only intended to be a resource for those with food allergies and intolerances, and should not be considered medical advice. Talk to your doctor if there has been no official diagnosis.
Food allergies and food intolerances are usually discussed as two separate topics. With a food allergy, the offending food is considered a foreign substance to the body and the body generates an immune respose. With food intolerances, on the other hand, the problem comes from a component of the food that the body has problems handling. For example, the body may not be producing an enzyme that is needed for digestion.
Onions are an ingredient found in most barbecue sauces. Here are two articles located on the she-health-living web site that addresses onion allergy and intolerance:
Peppers are another ingredient most barbecue sauces have that give the sauce that spicy zing a lot of people crave. Unfortunately, many people are allergic or intolerant of peppers as well. The WrongDiagnosis website has an excellent section that discusses everything from symptoms of to complications from a food allergy to bell peppers.
If you have an allergy or intolerence to onions or peppers, you are probably very good at reading labels. Isn't it amazing how many foods have onions and peppers in them? Be careful of labels contain the entry "spices". In our experience, those "spices" may contain small amounts of onion powder or paprika which is in the bell pepper family.
If you have given up eating barbecue sauce because of food allergies or intolerances to peppers and onions, then try Hack's BBQ Sauce.