|The breakout on his face happened immediately after eating chocolate. |
Poor little guy!
|While he doesn't go into anaphylactic shock, his allergy reactions |
include stomach upset, itchy rash (sometimes hives, sometimes
eczema flare), and fatigue. We've had a couple of really rough nights after he got a hold of something he can't eat.
A little background before I tell you about the site: My youngest son has several food allergies that include gluten, dairy, corn, and chocolate. Gluten and dairy fall into "The Big 8" category. Most companies list these ingredients on their packaging and chocolate is a no-brainer.
Corn, on the other hand, is problematic. Many chemicals and ingredients may or may not be derived from corn. Companies don't have to list corn as an ingredient. Every time I see "xanthan gum" or "dextrose" or "maltodextrin" (the list goes on and on) I have to call the company and ask if it is made from corn. In the past I have simply avoided any sort of prepackaged food. I am okay with that most of the time, but sometimes I need a break from cooking and baking. Sometimes I want to pick up a package of cookies or crackers or hamburger buns instead of making them from scratch.
So, when I came upon this website I was so excited! Navan Foods is a natural food store in Virginia that specializes in allergy free foods. In the store each product has an information card that tells you what it does NOT contain. I don't live in Virginia, so what's all the fuss? Navan Foods has an online store and a search function for allergies and special diets. You can click little boxes for all your food allergies and it will display a long list of products that are okay for you. Navan Foods has done all the homework. They have called the companies and done the research. How great is that!
When I clicked all of my son's allergies it even produced boxed mac-n-"cheese!" I would not serve this on a regular basis, but how nice is it to have that back up box when life gets crazy and I need to feed the kids in a jiffy!
Along with pastas, breads, and cereals, the product search results showed candy without corn! Again, not a staple in my kids' diet, but candy without corn is a major score. Almost all prepackaged candy contains corn (or chocolate or dairy). Hello, lollipops!
Navan Foods offers reasonable shipping options too. They have flat shipping rates depending on the total cost of your order. Over $100 is free!
I hope if you or a loved one have food allergies that you will visit Navan Foods. The product search button is a black rectangle that says "Search By Dietary Requirement" and is located on the right hand side bar. I'd also encourage you to place your order through Navan Foods if you use their search feature. They have done so much work to provide you with some great information.
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