The Importance of Substitute Ingredients

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We have started creating recipes that consist of a variety of ingredients and wanted to provide a resource list of substitutes you can use!

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of people with food allergies, and as a result, there has been a growing demand for allergy-friendly recipes and substitutes.  

Allergies can be triggered by a variety of substances, such as pollen, dust, mold, and certain foods. Allergic reactions can range from mild symptoms, such as itching and sneezing, to severe reactions, such as anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening.

One way to manage allergies is to use substitutes when needed. Substitutes are alternative products or ingredients that can be used in place of allergenic ones. For example, people with lactose intolerance can use soy milk or almond milk as a substitute for cow’s milk.

Here are some common allergies and substitutes that can be used:

Dairy Allergy

People with a dairy allergy are allergic to milk and other dairy products. Soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, and rice milk can be used as substitutes for cow’s milk. There are also dairy-free cheeses, yogurts, and ice creams available in most grocery stores.

Gluten Allergy

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. People with a gluten allergy, also known as celiac disease, must avoid these grains. Gluten-free bread, pasta, and cereals made from rice, corn, or quinoa can be used as substitutes for wheat-based products.

Nut Allergy

Nut allergies are one of the most common food allergies. People with nut allergies must avoid all types of nuts, including peanuts, almonds, and cashews. Sunflower seed butter, soy butter, and pumpkin seed butter can be used as substitutes for peanut butter.

Egg Allergy

People with an egg allergy must avoid all types of eggs, including egg whites and yolks. Applesauce, mashed bananas, or commercial egg substitutes made from potato starch or tapioca starch can be used as substitutes for eggs in baking.

Shellfish Allergy

People with a shellfish allergy must avoid all types of shellfish, including shrimp, crab, and lobster. Tofu, tempeh, and seitan can be used as substitutes for seafood in recipes.

In addition to using substitutes, it’s important to read food labels carefully and avoid products that contain allergenic ingredients. It’s also a good idea to carry an epinephrine auto-injector, such as an EpiPen, in case of an emergency.

By using substitutes and taking other precautions, you can enjoy healthy and delicious recipes while managing your allergies.

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