Before your child was diagnosed with a nut allergy, you probably never really thought about how common nuts and nut traces are. All of a sudden, they seem to be in everything, which can make shopping a hassle. Today, we’re taking a look at some helpful tips to hopefully stop you from going nuts while shopping for and dealing with a nut allergy.
Get familiar with food labels
The Food Safety Authority legally requires that all labels state if any of the 14 allergens are in a food. Thankfully, the labelling is generally pretty clear and spells out if the item contain nuts or nut traces. The hard rule here is to avoid any foods if you’re not sure.
While that makes shopping for staples difficult (nut-free bread is surprisingly difficult to find), you really can’t risk it. Of course, another big thing to remember before you go on your first nut-free shop is to do your research and to draw up a very specific list beforehand.
And here’s one you might not have thought about: toiletries and other household items. Depending on the severity of the allergy, you might need to keep an eye on ingredients in things like toiletries. For example, many shampoos are enriched with nuts—so always read the label until you’ve figured out a complete list of what’s safe and what isn’t.