Watching Out for Food that Contains Common Allergens

Part of the Kids’ Food Allergies For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

When your child is diagnosed with a food allergy, you may start to wonder what your son or daughter will and won’t be able to eat. The diagnosis of a food allergy can put strain on your recipe repertoire, which is why you should consider visiting a registered dietitian after diagnosis — to help you come up with meal ideas.

In the meantime, here’s a list of common allergens and foods that contain them, to help you know what to avoid:

  • Eggs are commonly found in the following food types:

    • Custard and marshmallows

    • Mayonnaise, béarnaise sauce and hollandaise sauce

    • Meringue and pavlova

    • Quiche, frittata and omelette

  • Cow’s milk or cow’s milk products are commonly included in

    • Biscuits and cakes

    • Butter and cheese

    • Chocolate

    • Cream, ice-cream and yoghurt

    • Infant rusks and bread

  • Foods commonly containing peanuts include

    • Asian meals

    • Baklava

    • Cakes, biscuits and muesli bars

    • Peanut butter

    • Satay sauce

  • Wheat is a common component of the Western diet, being used to make bread, cakes, biscuits as well as being an ingredient in a variety of meat, fish and vegetable dishes.

  • Soy is commonly found in the following foods:

    • Edamame

    • Most vegetarian meat-substitutes

    • Miso soup

    • Soy milk, soy cheese and soy ice-cream

    • Soy sauce

    • Tofu and tempeh

    • Other products containing soy flour, such as cakes, biscuits, pastries, sauces, soups and baby cereals

  • Foods that commonly contain fish or shellfish products include:

    • Bouillabaisse and seafood stews

    • Fish or seafood dips, sauces and mousses

    • Fish or prawn paste (commonly used in Asian cooking)

    • Pizzas and pasta sauces (which sometimes include anchovies)

    • Tempura (which commonly includes prawns)

  • Foods that commonly contain tree nuts or tree nut products include

    • Baklava (made from various tree nuts)

    • Cakes, biscuits, breakfast cereals and muesli bars

    • Middle Eastern and Asian cooking

    • Nut pastes and nut butters

    • Pralines (usually made from hazelnuts), flourless cakes and marzipan (usually made from almond meal) and Nutella (made from hazelnuts)

    • Sweets such as chocolate, nougat and fudge

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