From food to non-food products, it is extremely crucial to be on the look out for hidden allergens. Reading food labels and learning about ingredients becomes second nature when living with food allergies. However, even when you are comfortable with a product, it is important still double check the label especially since companies can change the makeup of their products. In addition, the ingredients in many everyday items will amaze you at times. I know that I continue to be surprised by many of the components of common foods and non-food products.
Here is some of the information about BARLEY that I have learned throughout the course of this journey so far. (It does NOT include every location of these allergens as we are still learning.)
1) BARLEY ALLERGY
In the United States, barley is not one of the top 8 most common food allergies. While it is not as common as wheat, it does show up as an ingredient in several foods.
Like any allergy, it is important to once again read all labels, checking for any ingredients that may contain barley. According to the Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), companies are NOT required to label their products for the presence of barley.
For more information about product labeling, click here.
To read the complete law, click here.
From our experience so far, this is what we have learned about this particular allergy. Please note, that this is not all of the locations that barely may be found. READ ALL LABELS ALWAYS AND CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR WHEN NEEDED. Also, it is important to contact companies when you have questions about their ingredients and labels.
Ingredients that can be derived from barely include:
- malt or malt flavoring (We found this in some cereals when we were on the hunt for one that my son could and would eat.)
- malt vinegar
- brown rice syrup
- caramel color
Food & drinks that may contain barley include:
- baby food jars
- coffee substitutes
- health foods such as breads
- some cereals
I found the following link to be helpful regarding a barley allergy. The link includes ingredients derived from barley as well as food made from it. Check it out:
Allergen Cross-reactivity Between Grains (especially Wheat & Barley)
Here is another interesting read about the issue of cross-reactivity.
Barley in My Bread
In searching for a bread that my son can eat, we noticed that bread contains various different allergens. In fact, the bread that my husband and I eat contains wheat, soy, and barley. I did not eat this type of bread when on my breastfeeding elimination diet.
Check it out:
Since we want to educate others on the world of food allergies and believe sharing is caring, we continue to smile …barley free for now…