Food allergies and intolerances are everywhere! In addition to having my own food allergies I have several people in my life with allergies as well. My cousin is allergic to nuts. My niece is lactose intolerant. My friend is allergic to red #5. My mom has celiac disease, therefore cannot eat gluten. Although gluten allergies are becoming better known, back when she was first diagnosed, no one had heard of it. No one even knew what a gluten was.