Avoiding the Fourteen Food Allergens
It’s not until you have or you’re shopping for someone with food intolerance that you realise the importance of a product’s ingredient label. The unrestricted pleasure of taking a product off the shelf – and putting it in the trolley has now gone. Your shopping trolley rules have changed big time! Forget those sexy three for two offers or those must have payday treats, the only thing that matters now is Can I Eat It?
Can I put this product in the trolley with confidence? Yes! Provided that your food intolerance is one of the 14 listed allergens, as these will be displayed on the product’s ingredient list. Your shopping trundle is going to take little longer as you now have to read the back label of every product before you put in the trolley. End of.
Shoppers with the Can I Eat It? App can simply scan the product for any of the fourteen allergens below and it will let you know if you can put it in the trolley. If you’re shopping and you don’t have it yet… the list below may help speed up your trolley trundle.
The fourteen listed allergens:
Celery & Celeriac – These are mostly found in savoury tinned products and bottles and jars of sauces & dressings.
Cereals – Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. Shoppers should be aware that wheat is used as a food-filler and therefore turns up in products where you least expect to find it! Some bottles of cola contain it and I’ve even found it listed in blackcurrant jam!
Crustaceans – Most common are lobster, crab, prawns & shrimps. Check out soups, dressings, crisps and crackers.
Eggs – Check out soups, dressings, crisps, crackers and wine!
Fish – Often found in salad dressing, soups, occasionally fizzy drinks and wine!
Lupin – Not so common, but you can get lupin flour and lupin tofu. Some pre-prepared food for Vegans & Vegetarians contains lupin seeds.
Milk – Lactose Intolerance is a big problem, especially for Asians & Africans, and some experts even suggest that it affects over 70% of the whole adult population. If you are a sufferer, be aware that milk in the form of whey is used as a filler, (as is wheat), to bulk up products, so is likely to turn up in very unpredictable places. Moreover, it is also listed in some wine!
Molluscs – Check out sauces and dressings for mention of mussels and oysters.
Mustard – This may well be found in mayonnaise, dressings, soups and sauces.
Nuts & Tree Nuts – The most common are almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashew nuts, macadamia nuts, pecan nuts and pistachios. Some products can change from factory to factory so always check the packet label for May Contain Nut Traces! Peanuts are not classified as nuts and are in their own classification.
Peanuts – Always check for these in sauces and prepared meals.
Sesame Seeds – Always check the packet’s ‘Contains’, ‘May Contain’ and the ‘Ingredients’ lists.
Soybeans & Soya – This is to be found in many pre-packed products, like, for example, bread, chocolate, porridge and sauces.
Sulphites & Sulphur dioxide – These are used as preservatives for both food and drink and are listed on the back label if they have levels above 10mg per kg or 10mg per litre. Be careful, since they may be an allergen to asthmatics.
Allergens are found in unusual places! You would not expect to find: yeast, celery, barley, gluten, wheat, yeast, onions and tree nuts in a packet of Sainsbury’s roasted peanuts. Would you?
Sainsbury’s Dry Roasted Peanuts