Avoiding Allergy Friendly “Junk Food” In Disguise
While lots of allergy-friendly packaged foods make claims of being “healthy”, often allergy
friendly processed foods are just as processed and unhealthy as their non-allergy friendly
counterparts. That is why here at Hilary’s we are passionate about creating allergy-friendly
products that are minimally processed, filled with real food, certified organic ingredients that
are simple to prepare for you and your family. We believe that allergy-friendly food can and
should be both delicious and healthy.
But with so many allergy-friendly products available for consumers these days, how do you
make sure that the products you are purchasing are healthy, and safe for you (or your child)
with food allergies? We reached out to our registered dietitian Megan Faletra (MS, MPH, RDN)
to share with you some of her top tips for spotting, and avoiding allergy friendly “junk food” in
How To Avoid Allergy Friendly “Junk Food” In Disguise
As a dietitian, nothing bothers me more than seeing junk food being marketed as a health-food,
simply because it is allergy-friendly. While it is essential that a product be allergen-free to ensure the safety of a person with food allergies, there are so many other factors that also go into making a healthy product. That is why I am thrilled to be sharing with you some of my top tips for spotting allergy friendly “junk food” in disguise, so you can make the best choices for you and your family.
Look For Real-Whole Food Ingredients
One of the easiest and best things you can do when purchasing packaged, allergy-friendly food is to look for real food ingredients you recognize. That is what I love so much about all Hilary’s
products because they use minimal ingredients, focused on highlighting whole foods you can
Avoid Artificial Ingredients and Flavors
Artificial ingredients and flavors are additives that were designed to mimic the taste of natural
ingredients. Some examples of artificial ingredients and flavors are:
• Artificial Sweeteners
• Artificial Colors
• Preservatives (Sulfites, Nitrates, Sodium Benzoate)
• High-Fructose Corn Syrup
• Trans Fats
Watch The Sodium
Salt is commonly used in processed foods to make them taste better, longer. However, too
much salt can have negative effects on our health. As a general rule of thumb it is good to look
for products that have less than ~300mg of sodium per serving.
Limit Added Sugars
Added sugars are any kind of sweetener than is added to a product to make it sweeter. This
includes even natural sweeteners such as honey, agave, and maple syrup. It is best to look for
products that limit the amount of added sugar in their products, or choose products from
companies that avoid added sugar entirely. On average, Americans are consuming 3x the
recommended amount of added sugar per day, so it is a good idea to check the label of the
products you are purchasing, and become more familiar with the amount of added sugar in the
foods you are eating.
With these tips in mind you will be able to feel more confident in your allergy friendly food
choices, and will be able to easily spot allergy friendly junk food in its tracks. It also is great to
become familiar with companies like Hilary’s that you know you can always trust to feed you
and your family with healthy, whole foods ingredients formulated with your health in mind.