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10 Allergen Friendly Brands
February 01, 2018
According to an article from CTV News, allergies among both adults and children are on the rise. The article reports on findings from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting stating that “almost half of all adults with food allergies report that they didn’t develop their allergies until they reached adulthood” with shellfish allergies being the largest adult-onset allergy increase affecting 44% more U.S. adults today than in 2004.
However adults are not alone when it comes to being affected by allergies. According to the same CTV News article, there has been a 21% increase in peanut allergies,18% increase in tree nut allergies and 7% increase in shellfish allergies among children since 2010.
With allergies on the rise, lets first look at the ten top allergens and identify products that have the allergen friendly stamp of approval.
The Government of Canada Canadian Food and Inspection Agency identifies ten common food allergies:
Seafood (fish, crustaceans, shellfish)
Luckily, there are a growing number of products (that you might not even have known were allergen friendly) made by companies that understand the importance of accommodating individuals with allergies to any of the above aforementioned allergens.
Wholesome is a brand dedicated to making sweeteners and sweet treats. One of their notable products is their Wholesome Frosting. Their entire line of products are free of the top eight allergens and produced in a facility free from dairy, gluten, wheat, casein, peanuts, and nuts (except for coconut). On top of that, Wholesome products are non-GMO Project Certified, vegan verified, kosher and gluten free.
These sweet treats available in an array of flavours including Gummy Bears, Watermelon Organic Rings and Organic Delishfish, are:
Free of the top ten allergens
Made in a facility free of the top ten allergens
Made with organic fruit juice
Corn syrup free
3. Made Good
In an assortment of flavours, Made Good’s Granola Minis, Granola Bars and Crispy Rice Squares prioritize the utilization of allergen friendly ingredients in the creation of their grab-and-go snacks, perfect for work, school (or stocking stuffers this holiday season)! Their products are produced in a facility dedicated to being free of peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, egg, soy, sesame, fish and shellfish. On top of being allergen friendly, Made Good products are organic, gluten free, and non-GMO Project Certified.
Free2b products might just change your world (seriously, they’re THAT amazing). Free2b makes 100% vegan, gluten free and allergen-friendly chocolate, free of the top eight allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, wheat/gluten, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, and dairy).
Made from U.S. grown sunflower seeds, Sunbutter contains 7g of protein per serving, is non-GMO and is free from the top ten priority allergens in Canada (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, mustard, seafood, sesame, soy, sulphites and wheat). Available in SunButter Original, SunButter No Sugar Added, SunButter Crunch, and SunButter Organic, this product can also be found within Free2b’s Dark Chocolate and Rice Chocolate Sun Cups.
A family-owned, women-operated company, Namaste products take a healthy, natural route in delivering value within delicious and nutritious food. Namaste prides itself on creating all their products within their own facility to ensure the highest and finest quality. Their products are vegan, certified gluten free and non-GMO Project Certified, Kosher and free from wheat, gluten, egg, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, mustard, sulphites, sesame, casein, fish, crustaceans, shellfish, potato, corn, high fructose corn-syrup and artificial flavour, colour and preservatives.
FreeYumm makes a wide assortment of bars and cookies free from the top ten allergens. FreeYumm’s products are made without artificial fillers and highly processed sweeteners and cane sugars, instead opting for more natural, unprocessed sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, organic, non-GMO agave syrup, molasses and fruit. FreeYumm prides itself on producing its products within a bakery dedicated to being free of milk (and all dairy), eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat/gluten, soy, fish, shellfish, sulphites and sesame.
A local, Perth based company, Purest creates baking mixes, cooking mixes, cocoa mixes and, whole ingredient which includes gluten free flours grown in Canada. Free from twelve different allergens (gluten, dairy, wheat, corn, eggs, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, shellfish, soy, and sulphites), Purest utilizes ingredients that are Canadian-grown and processed whenever possible.
All of Enjoy Life Foods are free from twelve allergens – wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, casein, potato, sesame and sulphites. On top of being allergen friendly, Enjoy Life Foods’ products are also non-GMO, Kosher and Halal. Enjoy Life Foods offers a wide array of allergen friendly products including cookies, seed and fruit mixes, baking mixes, chewy bars, baking chocolate, lentil chips and, their newest addition to the line up, grain and seed bars.
Superseedz are vegan, non-GMO, gluten free, seasoned, shell less pumpkin seeds available in an assortment of flavours. Superseedz are always gluten free, peanut free, tree nut free, egg free, dairy free, fish free, shellfish free, and soy free, and serve as a source of plant-based protein, while being high in both zinc and iron.
What are your favourite go-to allergen friendly products?