Hidden Ingredients

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Hidden Allergens in Foods - Important Information

Hidden Allergens in Common Foods

Many foods contain unexpected allergens that may not be immediately obvious:

  • Chips: Often coated with wheat flour to enhance crispiness.
  • Mashed Potatoes: Restaurants may add egg, posing a risk for those allergic.
  • Sauces: Added to dishes can contain allergens like gluten and seafood.
    • Example: Worcestershire sauce contains barley malt vinegar and anchovies.
    • Soy sauce: Contains gluten.
    • Hoisin sauce: Contains soya, gluten, and sesame.
  • Tree Nuts: Widely used in Asian cuisines (Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Thai).
  • Gluten-Free Foods: Often contain almond meal.
  • Marinated Meats: Risky due to potential allergens in sauces.
    • Example: Chicken marinated in butter poses risks for those allergic to dairy.

It's crucial to be aware of these hidden allergens to ensure food safety, especially for individuals with allergies.