As a parent of a child with food allergies, I know firsthand how difficult it is to find healthy allergen-free snacks and products with real and clean ingredients. The choices for people with allergies are already limited, add to that the difficulty and frustration of reading ingredients and product labels. The constant worry that you may have missed an ingredient, or an allergy warning, or took notice if the company changed its manufacturing practices. This is all, not only exhausting but time-consuming.
It is ironic that as the rates of allergies among kids rises, peanuts are still an American food staple. Peanuts are everywhere, inside cereal boxes, school lunches/cafeterias, hidden in shakes or health bars. I have even found peanut and nut contamination in things like olive oil, spices, oatmeals, foods you would never think to check.
About 8% of American children have food allergies
All of this brings me to my daughter, Mika, who has a severe allergy to peanuts. You can get to know Mika here.
On this page, you may find a list of foods you can rely on to be allergen-free. Whether you are dealing with a peanut allergy, a tree nut allergy or a dairy allergy, I know first hand how frustrating it can be and can relate to the struggle. I am constantly on a search for new products that have good ingredients but also allergen free. Furthermore, I’ve taken the guesswork out and compiled a list of products based on the different allergen.
*Please note, that I make every effort to keep this list updated. However, companies can change factories and their production practices at any moment. Always check packaging information before consuming any product. If you find any discrepancies on the list, please let me know.
To learn more about food allergies, visit the Facts and Statistics page on foodallergy.org .
The vision for this page is everything allergy related. That means living and eating with food allergies. Sharing with you restaurants that accommodate and have been great with dealing with food allergies, traveling with food allergies, food products that are allergen friendly and also recipes that are easy to make even for a kid. I envision this page to evolve with time and the needs of this community. So please don’t hesitate to comment, drop me a line on email or find me on social. I would love to hear your concerns and feedback on what you would like to see more or less of.