Peanut allergy is one of the most common, serious and potentially lethal food allergies in existence. If you can’t tolerate peanuts, your immune system rejects peanut protein so completely that medical attention is often needed immediately after consuming, touching or even inhaling the scent of nuts.
Research shows a sharp increase in the number of people allergic to peanuts over the last decade – especially children. It’s crucial to read labels and make sure you don’t mistakenly serve nut-dusted foods to an allergic individual – remember, peanuts are often used as emulsifiers or thickening agents in prepared foods, including roasted chickens (peanut oil) and candy.
Some individuals are allergic to tree nuts –they are often processed in the same plants as peanuts. At Hiller’s, you’ll find a broad range of nut-free foods.
Other allergens that some shoppers avoid include casein, preservatives, colorings and additives.
For those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to casein, a milk protein, eating the wrong foods can lead to breathing problems, hives or rashes and abdominal pain. There are at least 30 kinds of potentially allergy-inducing proteins in milk, with casein and whey proteins the most common.
And, since the molecular structure of casein is similar to that of gluten, Celiac Disease sufferers may not be able to tolerate casein. Visit the Hiller's Gluten-Free page.
One of the hardest food allergies to spot, but suspected of radically affecting behavior, additives and colorings are everywhere. Some parents have eliminated foods containing artificial colorings, additives and preservatives from their children’s diets – with powerful results.
Colorings like red dye 40 and additives like high fructose corn syrup and sodium benzoate have been blamed for erratic, unmanageable behavior. Some children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder can manage their symptoms by following the Feingold Diet, which eschews food colors, flavors and preservatives.
Hiller’s identifies those foods which are allergen-free and makes it easy for sensitive shoppers to find what they need, fast. Check out our selection today.