For many Americans food allergies have become a daily part of life, and many have adapted to this new reality by making minor modifications to their everyday routine. Here are some easy and convenient ways to protect yourself and your family from possible contact with food allergens.
Look for Hidden Ingredients
One of the easiest and most effective means of detecting allergens in the foods you buy is to look for hidden ingredients first. These days it’s important to read food packaging, and to be able to understand the information contained on the packaging, such as Nutrition Facts and Other Ingredients. By reading and understanding this information you can reduce or eliminate any foods and ingredients that may adversely affect you or your family.
It’s important to note that many gluten-free products aren’t entirely free of gluten. Products merely labeled as gluten-free can have as much as 20 ppm (parts per million) of gluten. Items that are certified gluten-free and have the GF logo are tested and must have less than 10 ppm of gluten, which is generally considered a safe level for most gluten-sensitive individuals. All Living NOW products are tested and verified to contain less than 10 ppm of gluten.
Consider Where a Product is Manufactured
Products that are made without certain allergens may still contain trace amounts of those allergens. It’s nearly impossible to guarantee that a product is entirely free of all allergens since many of them are present in varying quantities throughout the food chain and manufacturing process, including harvesting, handling, and production. To best protect yourself, look for products that are
manufactured in facilities that don’t handle the ingredients you’re allergic to. This will help reduce the chance of cross-contamination. All Living NOW products are produced and packaged in a dedicated facility that does not process or handle any of the eight major common allergens.
Wash Your Hands
Once you’ve bought your favorite foods and brought them home you can still reduce the likelihood of allergen cross-contamination by washing your hands in between preparation of individual ingredients. Manufacturers thoroughly clean equipment when switching to a new product or ingredient on the manufacturing line, and this same attention to detail can help protect you and your loved ones at home when preparing foods for consumption.
Sanitize Preparation Surfaces
While you’re washing your hands make sure to wash the surface you prepare foods on as well. Washing both your hands and your preparation surface (cutting board, counter, etc.) greatly reduces the chances of ingredient cross-contamination.
Safely Handle and Store Foods
Safe handling of foods is essential to the health and well-being of you and your family. Follow manufacturer handling instructions carefully – they’re there for a reason. Store your food properly as well. Keeping a frozen dinner in the refrigerator isn’t smart or safe. Make sure you store your food safely by following manufacturer guidelines. Aside from cleaning and sanitizing your hands and preparation surfaces, proper food handling and storage are essential components of safe sustenance.