Whether you’re new to food allergies or have been dealing with them for years, figuring out what is and isn’t in the food you find at the grocery store can be daunting.
While advisory labels can be helpful to allergic consumers, they are voluntary and are not required under labeling regulations in United States.
The tricks to understanding package labels with food allergies.
Allergen Where It Hides Alternate Names Other Foods Corn: alcohol artificial flavorings and sweeteners (like aspartame and xylitol) baking powder confectioner’s sugar (corn starch) margarine Olestra/Olean cooking oil May contain corn (not always): acetic acid citric acid alpha tocopherol ascorbates ascorbic acid dextrose (also found in IV solutions in hospitals) fumaric acid gluconate glucose glycerol… Read more »
Allergen Where It Hides Alternate Names Sulphites alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer and cider vinegar and wine vinegar wine baked goods with dried fruits bottled lemon/lime juices canned/frozen fruits, vegetables cereal, cornmeal, cornstarch, crackers condiments: horseradish, ketchup, mustard, pickles, relish and sauerkraut dehydrated potatoes, and frozen French fries dried fruits and vegetables, e.g. apricots, raisins, sweet… Read more »
Allergen Where It Hides Alternate Names Soy/Legumes baked goods, bread, cookies cereals, crackers canned goods chewing gum imitation dairy food (imitation cheese, imitation milk, imitation ice cream) infant formula margarine mayonnaise, other spreads, dips meal replacements meat products with fillers (e.g. burgers); deli meats miso nutrition supplements (check labels; many companies are now making and… Read more »
Allergen Where It Hides Alternate Names Fruits, Vegetables (Oral allergy syndrome or IgE-mediated allergy) flavorings and spices colorings salads (may contain raw fruit or vegetables) spreads yogurts natural rubber latex (latex-fruit syndrome links fruits and vegetables to latex, a serious allergen) flavoring, natural/artificial flavoring color, natural/artificial color Sources: –ImmunoCAP –Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Allergen Where It Hides Alternate Names Shellfish and Fish ethnic foods: fried rice, paella, spring rolls, sushi (California rolls) caponata (Sicilian relish) gelatin, marshmallows pizza toppings salad dressings sauces, for example, marinara, Nuoc Mâm, steak and Worcestershire spreads, for example, taramasalata (fish) deli meats, hot dogs (from gelatin) compost or fertilizers lip balm/gloss pet food… Read more »