Mystery ingredients – what’s in a name? Reply

In the two years since we identified Zac’s food intolerances, we have worked so hard to learn all we can about the mystery ingredients that were sneaking into foods and making him ill. If you have a dairy intolerance, it is not enough just to look for the word ‘milk’ in an ingredients list and the same goes for anyone with intolerances to egg, and wheat.

The naughty food manufacturers put so many scientific sounding ingredients into food that your average shopper could never feel confident about recognising them as potentially harmful. So I have been digging around to pull together a list of ingredients to beware of which I keep handy when shopping. I want to share it with anyone who suffers with these problems or has to cater for anyone with allergies – so here it is. It might not be definitive – but the foods listed here must be avoided to those with intolerances and allergies. Some are obvious, others less so. I am still a learner myself, but I think it is a good start and should help clear up some of the mysteries of food labelling. Happy shopping!



Navigating the aisles Reply

We are off to Costco shortly – a fact finding mission. I have never really noticed any ‘free from’ foods in there before, but have never really looked. I am usually in there when I am bulk buying bits on behalf of Zac’s pre-school.

But, as I have some time on my hands today, I want to have a proper look. As we all know the ‘free from’ foods are sold at such a premium price, it would be nice if it was possible to bulk buy the non-perishables for a good price. Wish me luck.

To be honest, I am not overly hopeful but would think at least the Alpro soya milk might be stocked as that is fairly mainstream these days. I guess I also need to remember that not all ‘free from’ are suitable and not all foods that don’t say they are ‘free from’ are unsuitable.