Allergy members - how do you shop for food?

Can you talk me through how you go about food shopping for yourself or a member of your family that has a food allergy. Do you go to the local supermarket or specialist store? If a supermarket, do you buy from the health food aisle or regular aisles? Do you have to check every ingredient label or do products advertise themselves well enough? Do you have to buy specific foods? Is your food bill more expensive as a result? And finally does your household all eat the same meals, or does the person with the food allergy eat separate food?

Last reply: 10th Jun 2017 / 83 replies / Post by looklively



Posted by: magicnYs
Posted on: 6th Jun 2014

magicnYs says: My children and myself are not "allergic" to foods, but certainly intolerant to certain naturally occurring chemicals in foods. We found a lot of support from and from who both support minimal additive and preservative eating.
I buy most of our groceris at the supermarket and a health food shop where necessary (ie if Woolies is out of their sulphite free dessicated coconut I will get some from health food shop next door). With help from The Trusted Trolley I haven't had to read too many labels as I know what to buy now, but when there are new products out I often still check labels. Products don't advertise themselves well enough. Especially when they say things like no added colours and flavours and then they add a preservative like Sodium Metabisulphite which flares up my asthma. My food bill is probably a little bit more expensive, because foods without harmful additives/preservatives always cost a little bit more, but I'm happy to pay that price now rather than in my health down the track.

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