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 WHEAT 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) WHEAT ALLERGY
In the United States, wheat is one of the top 8 most common food allergies, most commonly found in children. Many children outgrow this allergy by the age of 3 though. Like any allergy, it is important to once again read all labels, checking for any ingredients that may contain wheat. According to the Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), companies are required to label their products for the presence of wheat. However, there are some products that are not covered by these FDA allergen labeling laws and therefore, are exempt.
- Foods that are not regulated by the FDA
- Prescription & over-the-counter drugs
- Cosmetics, shampoo, mouthwash, toothpaste, shaving cream
- Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products
- Pet foods and supplies
- Toys and crafts
- And others….
For more information about product labeling, click here.
To read the complete law, click here.
WHEAT ALLERGY AVOIDANCE LIST & RESOURCE
The following link is an amazing resource for those with a wheat allergy. The link contains a wheat allergy avoidance list and travel-size cards. It also includes the hidden places where wheat can be found and some hidden names for it.
Even more information:
This third link contains food avoidance lists for the top 8 allergens.
Wheat in My Soy Sauce?!?!?
Here is an example of just how important it is to read every single label.
Many sauces and dressings contain wheat. An example of this is the following soy sauce…
“Contains soy and wheat”
Wheat in Art?!?!?
At times, allergens such as wheat can be found in art supplies. This gives us even more reason to read labels and contact companies to check or double check when needed. Play-Doh is just one example of this…
Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat. Since my son is allergic to many grains such as rye, barley, wheat, and oat, buckwheat was the first grain our allergist recommended adding to his diet. We used the following Bio Kinetics baby buckwheat cereal for many months.
Since we want to educate others on the world of food allergies and believe sharing is caring, we continue to smile on wheat free…at least for now…
Disclaimer: This blog is a personal blog and used as a way of sharing and connecting with other readers. The posts, articles, and stories shared on the site are meant as a source of encouragement. In this challenging world of food allergies, I have found reaching out to other parents and people in my shoes to be extremely resourceful and inspiring. Therefore, I want to give back and do the same. The information on my blog is not intended as medical advice so as always, please consult with your doctor.