How to Read Food Labels Like A Pro
Never heard of a lentil? Well it’s another word for a bean. But did you know a peanut is also a lentil? There many different names for foods that may be a potential allergen. This is the food allergy guide for anyone new to food allergies who want to become an expert in avoiding their allergen on pre-packaged foods.
ALL ABOUT THE LABEL
The Food Allergy Guide
What you don’t know CAN hurt you.
With all the new products out there it can be difficult to know what to look for. If you have just been diagnosed with food allergies focus on finding all the synonyms for your food allergy. If it is one of the top 8 (peanut, tree nut, wheat, gluten, dairy, egg, soy, or fish) then it will almost always be listed in bold. More on that later…The hardest part about reading labels is simply reading all those packages! Don’t forget, you can do it!
While some allergy regulations are beginning to surface on food labels some companies are still behind the curve when it comes to letting you know what’s in their food. It is up to you & I to do our homework to determine if foods we find on grocery store shelves could harm ourselves or our families. Just remember it’s better to be safe then to make a mistake at least when it comes to a serious food allergy. Always double check! It can be a scary road at first, but don’t worry we’re here to help you stress less and bring enjoyment back into your food!
IT’S THE LAW
If you have an allergen to any of the top 8 allergens, which include peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, fish, or soy, then you can be sure that those items must be listen on the label to warn us. However, you don’t know if this item was cross contaminated during processing. Companies hide this information or simply do not put it on the label. If it is your first time trying something it is safe to check with the company just to be sure.
Thanks go out to the companies who do put warnings of “cross contamination” on their labels. This normally will appear at the very bottom of ingredients list but is not mandatory. If you are uncertain or not confident in what you have read take a second to contact the company directly. They are normally open to answering allergen questions if they can understand your concerns. They want you as a customer but may not always understand your allergen. Just call the number on the label.
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The Allergic Foodie here! Right now you can probably find me in my test kitchen (i.e. my house) or traveling to a local coffee shop where they're serving me awe-inspiring coffee (sorry, I would share but). I'm kind of a coffee junkie. Yes, I'm a food-allergy overcomer, Mompreneur, and military spouse and I love pushing boundaries especially in the kitchen. So hold on to your taste buds and let's get to cooking!