My Favorite Brands
As allergy parents, I think we all know the amazing feeling of finding new, safe products that can be introduced to ourselves or loved one managing food allergies. There is nothing more deflating than reading an ingredient list, getting excited and then…WOMP. Something off the list pops up. Casey’s list is quite extensive, and a lot are outside the Top 8 that are FDA required to be labeled so I call, email or Facebook message 99% of the companies I buy. If you read my article “How Are the Recipes Written for Allergies”, I stated what Casey’s allergies and FPIES triggers are and what he needs to avoid. I will repost it here as a reference when reviewing my favorite brand list.
Here is what Casey is allergic to or what we currently avoid giving him as of now:
- Soy (refined oil and lecithin are ok for him)
- Unbaked milk
- Unbaked egg
- All tree nuts
- *He tests negative to fish/shellfish, but he has not had anything but whitefish yet
- All seeds (sunflower, sesame, flax, mustard, cumin, poppy, etc.). He can tolerate refined sunflower/safflower oil and lecithin.
- All legumes (except peanut, but I DO seek out peanut free baking items except peanut butter)
- All beans
- Rye, barley, spelt, millet and other gluten containing grains
- Tropical fruit
- FPIES to beef and pork
Again, as I wrote in the prior article, I pointed out that with such allergens as soy and sunflower, he can tolerate refined oil and lecithin. If I know that a product share manufacturing lines with potential allergens, I review with our allergist and make a decision that we feel comfortable with. Many companies employ Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP’s), but note that many will only test for the absence of the Top 8 allergens, not outside of that as out not an FDA requirement. PLEASE use your own judgment and research on my recommendations for your family.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that all the products I mention here are safe for our needs and are just an idea of where to start. Please always do your own research and decide what is a safe choice for your needs.
My Favorite Brands
Base Flours (these will always be gluten free for us)
- Authentic Foods Multi Blend flour
- Authentic Foods Sweet Brown/White Rice flour
- King Arthur All Purpose Gluten Free flour (note-this does share manufacturing lines)
- King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten Free flour (note-this does share manufacturing lines)
- Namaste Perfect Flour Blend
- Namaste Sweet Brown/White Rice Flour
- Nutiva Coconut Flour
- Otto’s Cassava Flour
- XO Baking Co. All Purpose Flour (this is a blend of coconut and cassava flours)
- Gluten Free Harvest (not organic for sunflower cc) – quick oats, oat flour and classic oats
- Authentic Foods Potato Starch
- Ener-G Potato Starch
- Ener-G Tapioca Flour
- Ener-G Tapioca Flour
- Ener-G Xanthan Gum
- Dr. Bronner’s Coconut Oil
- Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine Sticks (all other vegan butters are not safe for Casey)
- Mazola Canola
- Spectrum Organic Palm Shortening
*when using real butter for, I use Land O’Lakes as it is safe for Casey
- Native Forest/Let’s Do Organic canned coconut milks and coconut creams
- So Delicious Coconut Mozzarella Shreds
- So Delicious refrigerated/shelf stable coconut milk (red cartons)
- So Delicious Unsweetened Yogurt
*when using real cheese, I use Kraft or Sargento as they are safe for Casey
A general rule of thumb that allergy families follow is that spice/herb blends are not always safe as they tend to share manufacturing lines. Buying individual bottles is usually the best way to go. My preferred brand is McCormick,
My go-to brand here is Hershey, as I find their labeling very allergy friendly and straightforward.
As we all know, reading labels and preparing food when managing allergies is a job within itself with much responsibility. All the brands I use are ones that I have contacted, and Casey has eaten safely. That being said, I must remind…
Please do your own research when deciding which products and foods are safe for the allergies you manage. These are the ones that are safe for our needs but may not be for you. Everyone has different comfort levels with manufacturing and production procedures.
And, as a friendly reminder, always have 2 epinephrine auto injectors on hand!