Learn basic facts about food and food allergies in this special section. Do you need a simple answer to your food allergy questions? Each food allergy facts article is written for parents and teachers to share with school aged kids. Learn more about food allergies and how they differ from food intolerance. Learn about dietary fats, nutritional needs, cross contamination, and food substitutions, too.
So the allergy doctor told you that you need to stay away from milk! You are either allergic to milk or intolerant to it. Well, don't get too upset. It's not that hard to do as long as you like to cook and you know what you can use instead. Sous club kids, we've put together a top 10 list of Dairy-free ingredients when kids with multiple food allergies need to avoid soy, gluten, nuts, and corn too.
There are two kinds of milk intolerance. Some people can't digest the casein, which is the protein in milk. Some people can't digest the lactose, which is the milk sugar.
There are even some that can't have either! If your doctor tells you that you are allergic to casein then you have to be very careful! Sometimes foods that say 'dairy-free' still have casein in them! It is very confusing.
So here is Cilie's KID APPROVED top ten list of Dairy-free substitutions for Sous Club kids with food allergies that are also free from the top eight allergens, gluten, and corn! Phew! that is quite an avoidance list, but boys and girls, we still found 10 dairy substitutions that you can have!
Enjoy Life Brand Chocolates (they are THE brand if you need dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and corn-free chocolate!)
Ah, water.... It goes by so many names like agua and H²O. We bath in it, use it to wash our dishes and our clothes. We even swim in it in the summer months.
Psst! Did you know that between 60 to 70 percent of our bodies are made up of water? That's more than half of each of us!
Want the straight facts about cooking with this necessary liquid that is in 100% of all our favorite recipes? If you live in the city then you need to pay close attention to the tap water that comes out of your kitchen sink! Do you know why? It's because the city recycles your water! Now out in the country where we live our tap water comes from a well. Well water can be dirty with all kinds of things too, so my advice pretty much covers everybody who gets their cooking water from the kitchen sink!
You see, even though water is clear and looks clean, there are actually a lot of crazy things floating around in it. These tiny floating bits of stuff are called contaminants. You can't see them unless you pour a glass of water and stick it on the counter right away in front of a bright window with the sun shining through. Psst! Run the tap water first thing in the morning to drain out the contaminants. Water sitting in pipes collects a lot of debris! You might see them floating around in the glass.
Some of the most common contaminants are plastics and metals like PVCs, copper and lead (they come from plumbing pipes), chemicals like fluoride and chlorine (which is toxic at high levels), and tiny living organisms called parasites. Most people now adays use special water filters that they put on their faucets to clean the tap water. Even if you have one of these there are still some things you should do when you cook with tap water.
When you are using tap water in your kitchen remember to:
Do you know someone who is allergic to gluten? I bet you are here because you or someone you love has been just told by their doctor that they have to stop eating gluten.
Does one of your friends have celiac? Maybe they don't and they only need to stop eating gluten because they are allergic to it. Or maybe they have another health problem and their doctor thinks that a gluten free diet will help them.
Have you ever wondered what it means to be gluten-free?
If you haven't already gotten my book: Cilie Yack is Under Attack that tells my story, then you might find this handy report a bit helpful. I wrote it myself for a class project. It is a bit different than my official celiac report I did and showed everybody in my book. This doesn't really talk about the science of celiac and how it affects the body. This is just a handy list that explains how celiac kids eat.
Gluten can cause problems for kids with Celiac, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Allergies, and Crohn’s Disease. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It is not naturally found in oats but most oat farmers also grow wheat on the same fields. So that is why doctors also recommend no oats for kids needing to avoid gluten. The gluten gets all over the oats when they are harvested and stored so when you eat them you get bits of gluten in them.
Cilie often eats (and loves to eat) vegetables like carrots, potatoes, cabbage, peas, onions, asparagus, broccoli, and lettuce. His favorite fruits are blueberries, strawberries, bananas, oranges, and tomatoes. Cilie can eat all kinds of meats. He likes beef, chicken, fish and eggs. There are special flours that are gluten-free some of them include corn, soy, rice, quinoa, tapioca, potato, bean, and nut flours. Many kids on gluten free diets also avoid other allergies too. Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt are also gluten-free. Some kids with Celiac and gluten intolerance can’t eat dairy products or drink milk because it gives them a sore tummy. They sometimes drink rice milk and soy milk. They may eat coconut yogurt and coconut ice cream (by the way it is really good!).
All Celiac kids and kids with gluten intolerance have to avoid labels that say: wheat, barley, bran, breading, bulgar, couscous, durum, farina, graham flour, kamut, matzoh, malt, soy sauce, rye, semolina, spelt, wheat starch, and wheat gluten. Luckily, most companies put a gluten-free label on the package so kids can easily find products that they can eat.??Ingredients that might hurt you if you eat it are: modified food starch, hydrolyzed vegetable and plant protein, artificial color and flavoring, natural flavoring, maltodextrins, dextrins, MSG and mono and diglycerides. Cilie avoids all these. He also avoids High Fructose Corn Syrup too, even though it doesn’t have gluten in it.
Kids on special diets can find a lot of tasty foods at local health food stores and specialty shops. Some places may even have their own store just for Celiacs. There are also a lot of stores on the internet that will ship gluten-free foods right to your house. Amazon.com does just that. Many grocery stores now also have gluten-free sections. If you go to the front desk and ask, sometimes they even give you a sheet with all their gluten free stuff written on it. Trader Joe’s does that and they also put yellow signs on all their gluten free foods on their shelves, making it really easy to shop there if you are not quite old enough to read labels yet.
Cilie loves scrambled eggs, gluten-free waffles topped with strawberries, pancakes, cream of rice bran cereal (made by Bob’s Red Mill), special gluten-free oats, gluten-free granola (Udi’s is his favorite brand), homemade yogurts, gluten free sausages (Jone’s is one brand he eats), orange juice, and milk.
Cilie is always creating new lunch ideas. Some of his favorites are gluten-free prepackaged lunch meats (Hormel all natural is his favorite), carrot sticks, fresh apple, apple sauce, banana, leftover dinner in a thermos, frozen blueberries (nice and chilly by lunchtime), homemade trail mix, homemade yogurt parfait.
Cilie likes mashed potatoes, boiled vegetables, fresh made salads, homemade salad dressings, barbecued meats, grilled burgers on gluten-free buns, gluten-free noodles and sauces.
When Cilie is hungry after school he likes to munch on rice cakes covered in nut butter, gluten-free salami rolled in cream cheese and a pickle, fresh raspberries, and fruit chews. Sometimes he will bring gluten-free chips to a football game and he often uses a thermos to carry his juices when he travels. Enjoy Life brand makes several gluten-free snack bars that he loves.
Cilie likes to bake gluten-free cookies during the holidays but you can also buy them at the store too. There are many companies that sell cookies and cakes. Sometimes he will eat a plain Hershey bar. He eats Pure Fun gummy bears and jelly beans. He also loves Enjoy Life chocolate bars as well.