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: Mhairi
Posted on: 15th Jul 2014

Mhairi says: I read labels, shopping takes longer than normal. If the package changes, the price changes in any way read the ingredients again. If you have a specific allergy - to yeast, gluten etc make sure you know the safe/unsafe food numbers as well. If you have a smart phone, record them in the note section of your phone - if not, write them out and take a photo.
In my house, normally we cook to suit the allergies but with some meals we eat different foods - pasta with different sauces, burgers with different fillings etc.
If this is a true food allergy (rather than a sensitivity) then read the labels every time you shop!!! Companies change recipes all the time without any information or indication.
Good luck and try to stay positive.

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