Find out all about What Allergy – One of the UKs top 5 food allergy blogs

Top 5 allergy blog

What Allergy? was voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs and in the Top 10 UK Health Blogs by Cision UK and regularly gets between 80,000 and 100,000+ unique visits a day with some blog posts getting hundreds of comments each.

It is jam packed full of articles, blogs, opinion pieces, advice and tips for coping with allergies and living with the challenge day-to-day. It’s nut free, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, egg free, soya free, tomato free, celery free. It’s almost all the top 14 allergen’s free! The only totally freefrom blog in the UK.

Owner and writer for What Allergy? Ruth Holroyd said, “Don’t ever let your allergies rule your life, live your life to the full despite having them. It may sometimes seem tough but remember all the foods you CAN eat, be healthy, happy and stay safe.”

About Ruth Holroyd

I set up this blog in April 2009 kind of by accident. I had time on my hands and it seemed like a good idea to share the research I was doing to explore my allergy journey, most of which I was finding by surfing the net. Since then it’s grown from a bit of a hobby to a huge undertaking that I still manage in my spare time. By day freelance copywriter, by night avid allergy, eczema and asthma blogger.

I also write on the Talk Health blog about allergies, eczema and asthma and also contribute Ruth’s Allergy Diary to the Foods Matter website. I am also a regular judge for the FreeFrom Food Awards and FreeFrom Skincare Awards.

I also run an Allergy Support Group for The Anaphylaxis Campaign. Check out the Events page to see when the next event is taking place in the Buckinghamshire area.

The blog is a collection of information, tips, restaurant and product reviews etc. and is aimed at helping others to learn to live with their food allergies and intolerances. Anyone with one or numerous food and substance allergies and intolerances will understand that it’s a challenge, but with careful planning and sensible strategies you can conquer the pitfalls of shopping, eating out and dinner parties all become easier.

This blog is no fun without you lot so please comment and share your stories and experiences too.

Email if you have any questions, suggestions for future articles etc.

You can follow What Allergy? on Facebook: and Twitter: where you’ll be able to join in discussions and get other useful tips, links, videos and insights that might not be on the blog.

You can also subscribe to receive regular blog post alerts, which means you don’t have to keep checking, but instead can choose which subjects and articles interest you. Click here to subscribe.

If you need a food, allergy or health writer you can also contact Ruth or LinkedIn and Blogdash.

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  1. Fab site, just found you (where have I BEEN?!) 🙂 Pig x

    • Cooking Well: Wheat Allergies, Over 145 Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes is a delicious aid to the folks who are snkeieg a healthy, gluten -free lifestyle and diet. Filled with more than 145 delicious recipes, chapters include sections on Breakfast, Soups Salads, Fish/Seafood Entrees, Meat/Poultry/ Vegetable Entrees, Side Dishes Snacks, and Desserts. In addition, there are chapters explaining wheat allergies and the importance of nutrition, plus appendices with suggestions for a meal diary, sample menu, substitutions, and references and resources. Tips on shopping and restaurant choices are recommended, and best of all, the recipes sound so tempting that there will be no need to feel deprived while embarking on a tasty, healthy, gluten-free diet. Special recipe selections include Melon with Figs and Prosciutto, Chickpea, Tomato and Rice Soup, Poached Eggs Over Spinach, Grilled Sea Bass With Mango Salsa, Spinach With Walnuts and Pomegranate, and Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis. Cooking Well:Wheat Allergies provides a much needed resource for people with food allergies or people who simply want to follow a healthy diet.

  2. Just found your site and I’m super excited to have a good nose round. Off to have a snoop.


  3. I have one that’s 22 months and a 6 year old. They both were able to have puanet butter at 1 year. My 6 year old did have a strange allergy to cheetos, but by the time she was about 5, she grew out of it. My 22 month old, as far as we know, doesn’t have any food allergies.His favorite lunch is a puanet butter and jelly sandwich.

  4. My son is 3 years old and he develops anaphylaxis if he eats anything containing even a tiniest amount of dairy or egg. He was also tested positive for peanuts, but never had it so far. He used to be allergic to wheat, barley and soy, but outgrew it. His allergy to dairy is so bad that even shaking hands with someone who ate pizza or touched butter causes hives, swollen eyes and cough. Every year my only wish is to have no emergency room visits. He only eats food that I cook, we stay away from birthday parties and paying big money for the only nursery school that agreed to have no dairy, nuts or eggs in his classroom.

    I was glad to find your blog and hoping to get some good ideas. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    • Hi Irina, it is really hard when you can’t eat out and never get invited anywhere. Really tough but it does get easier to deal with and hopefully, with time, it will be easier. I’m so glad you have found some hope and help here, that’s the main aim of me doing it. To shed some light and share what I’ve learnt and I’m still learning EVERY day!

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