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: jatz50
Posted on: 8th Jun 2014

jatz50 says: I have a food allergy to any sulphur foods which wipes out lots of fruit, vegetables etc. It is annoying as most recipes call for these foods. I find I can only have the tiniest amount. I find casseroles are the hardest because they use crushed tomatoes and tomato paste and for me that's a big overload of sulphur. I am astounded at how much sulphur is used in products. I've had the allergy for such a long time and I am still learning about what products I can't have.

Why is it all the foods you love like casseroles, lasagne, spag bolog all contains loads of pureed tomatoes and tomato paste.

For me I just tend to shop for products that I can have and when a recipe calls for a certain product sometimes I skip that out of the recipe. My husband eats it all and if wants a bit of flavour to a casserole he just adds his own Worcheshire sauce.

I wasn't born with this sulphur allergy so not sure what triggered it off. It was detected from when I was eating a particular food every day and since then I stopped eating that food straight away. Still love the smell though.

When a recipe does call for a sulphur vegetable, I will put it in for hubby and just leave out when dishing up for me. I am used to it all now.

Our neighbour suffers from an allergy and he now just buys all Gluten Free products. These days supermarkets seem to have their own GF products. I've seen them and seen that they are a bit more expensive for them. He says that Health Foods seem to charge too much and the supermarket is much more affordable for him. He also said that his food bill did cost more so he started growing his own vegetables and he seems to save more now at the supermarket.

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