In the first of a series of guest blogs, today we hear from Amy, the founder of Grow with Iris, who I met at the Allergy Show in Birmingham last year. Milk allergy statistics in the UK According to the The Association of UK Dietitians (BDA), in the UK, Cow's Milk Allergy (CMA) affects 2-3% of babies and young children up to the age of five. It's also one of the more … [Read more...]
Are allergen free menu choices shrinking?
Since lockdown ended and we can all start to go out to restaurants to eat again it became evident that choices for free from foods had drastically reduced. But why is that? Why have our allergen free choices reduced? It's understandable why when you start to think about it. Shortages of ingredients due to the current warIncreased costs due to BrexitLess availability of … [Read more...]
Is calcium carbonate suitable for shell fish allergic and vegans?
If you have a fish or shellfish allergy you'll be pretty familiar with avoiding fish hidden in sauces, Thai food, flavourings etc. But do you check the labels on vitamins, minerals and supplements? The issue here is that calcium carbonate could be made from oyster shells which would mean it could contain traces of shellfish. If that's the case it wouldn't be suitable for … [Read more...]
Vegan and dairy free calcium sources
Anyone on a vegan, plant food based diet and anyone has a dairy allergy will have no doubt worried about their calcium intake. This blog post is for you, because I want to make sure I'm consuming easily absorbed sources of calcium, not just powdered supplements which are arguably not as readily utilised or absorbed into our bodies as we might hope. Vegans, just a warning, I … [Read more...]
Roundup of oat milks in the UK
Here we go, in alphabetical order, are the oat milks available in the UK and their pros and cons, ingredients, backgrounds, whether they are gluten free and where you can buy them. Product nameIngredientsGluten FreeWhere availableCommentsAlproOat base (Water, Oat (9.8%)), Soluble corn fibre, Sunflower oil, Calcium (Tri-calcium phosphate), Sea salt, … [Read more...]