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Managing Dietary Restrictions

by Janice Hughes, Share Guide Copublisher

Many of us have specific issues affecting our food choices, from medical conditions to religious and/or social concerns to food allergies and other health considerations. Luckily there are now many different food manufacturers catering to specific dietary restrictions. The list of products is growing almost daily, allowing people to enjoy a larger variety of foods than in years past. The Share Guide has compiled the following partial list of dietary restrictions, along with companies offering great products that accommodate these special needs.

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Gluten Free

Gluten is a protein molecule found in wheat, rye, and barley. Almost 3 million people have celiac disease, which is an inability to tolerate gluten. It’s one of the most common genetic diseases, yet most people don’t know they have it. And millions more people are allergic to wheat, which is one of the top eight allergens. In addition, many autoimmune diseases besides celiac disease show improvement in symptoms on a gluten-free diet. Also interesting to note: many studies now show large numbers of autistic kids exhibiting improvement on a gluten-free/casein-free diet.

There are other issues to consider as well. Wheat
products are often high-glycemic-index foods like pastries, cakes, and cookies. These foods can contribute to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. There is also some research showing an association between starchy foods (like bagels, bread, cookies, cake, etc) and ovarian cancer.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of symptoms of
gluten intolerance. Many people believe the most common symptoms are gastrointestinal in nature, yet the majority of people with gluten intolerance have other symptoms as well such as fatigue, headaches, weight gain, moodiness and/or depression, inflammation, and muscle pain.

Gluten Free Products
For a variety of gluten-free products check out:
Gluten-Free Mall www.glutenfreemall.com

Gluten-Free Baked Goods
Pamela’s Products - www.pamelasproducts.com
Fabe’s All Natural Bakery - www.fabesnatural.com
Nana’s Cookies - www.healthycrowd.com
Health Valley Cookies - www.healthvalley.com
Bob’s Red Mill Brownie Mix - www.bobsredmill.com

Gluten-Free Salad Dressings
Annies Natural - www.anniesnaturals.com
Nasoya - www.nasoya.com
Organicville - www.organicvillefoods.com

Gluten-Free Pastas
Amy’s Kitchen Rice Mac & Cheese - www.amyskitchen.com
Edensoy Soba Buckwheat Pasta - www.edenfoods.com
Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta - www.quinoa.net

Gluten-Free Breads
Ener-G Breads - www.ener-g.com
Food for Life Rice Breads - www.foodforlife.com

Gluten-Free Cereals
Nature’s Path Rice Puffs - www.naturespath.com
Barbara’s Bakery Corn Flakes - www.barbarasbakery.com
Arrowhead Mills Rice & Shine - www.arrowheadmills.com

Lactose Free and Non-Dairy

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy products. It is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase. Symptoms often follow ingestion of milk products and can include abdominal cramps, bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea. Some people have a mild form of lactose intolerance and don’t even realize it until they stop using dairy products and feel better.

There are many other reasons for choosing non-dairy
alternatives, such as those wanting a vegan diet, those needing to lower their cholesterol or fat intake, or those suffering from excessive congestion due to allergies or colds. Vegetarian chef and cookbook author Mollie Katzen says that soy milk works just as well in recipes as cow’s milk.

Dairy Alternatives

Soymilk, Rice Milk and Almond Milk

Q’Tessence Soymilk Makers - www.qtessencesoymilkmaker.com
Dressler Foods Soymilk - www.dresslerfoods.com
Silk Organic Soymilk - www.silkissoy.com
Edensoy Organic Soymilk - www.edenfoods.com
Rice Dream - www.imaginefoods.com
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze - www.bluediamond.com

Non-Dairy Cheese
Vegan Parmesan from Eat in the Raw www.eatintheraw.com
Soya Kaas - www.wessanen.com
Soy Moon Soy Cheese - www.bluemoonbrands.com

Non-Dairy Ice Cream Alternatives
Freezees Nutcream - www.freezees.com

Rice Dream - www.imaginefoods.com
Soy Delicious - www.turtlemountain.com

Other Non-Dairy Products
Soy Sour Cream - www.wildwoodnaturalfoods.com
WholeSoy Soy Yogurt - www.wholesoyco.com
Road’s End Vegan Chreese Mix - www.roadsendorganics.com
Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread - www.earthbalance.net
Amy’s Kitchen Frozen Non-Dairy Pizza - www.amyskitchen.com

Free of Animal Products (Vegan)

Vegetarians who choose not to eat any animal byproducts at all (such as dairy and eggs) are called Vegans. Some of the common reasons for this choice are health or medical, environmental or political, and moral, ethical or religious.

There are many different vegan products on the market today, from non-dairy cheese alternatives to frozen desserts to baked goods to great meat analogs such as soy-based deli sandwhich items and veggie burgers. Over the past ten years food technology has advanced to the point that these products really taste great, and you don’t need to feel that you are “giving up” anything. They are much improved over the products on the market years ago. Even those not on a strict vegan diet can benefit from and enjoy these foods.

Vegan Products

Meat Alternatives
Dressler Foods Soy Products - www.dresslerfoods.com
Turtle Island Tofurky - www.tofurky.com
Lightlife Soy Foods - www.lightlife.com
Yves Tofu Dogs & Veggie Ground Round - www.yvesveggie.com
Vitasoy Azumaya Tofu - www.vitasoy-usa.com
Pete’s Tofu - www.petestofu.com

Vegan Baked Goods
Fabe’s All Natural Bakery - www.fabesnatural.com
Ezekiel 4:9® Sprouted Grain Products - www.foodforlife.com
Lotus Bakery - www.lotusbakery.com
Pamela’s Products - www.pamelasproducts.com
Rudi’s Organic Bakery - www.rudisbakery.com
BruceBread - www.pacificsites.com
Alternative Baking Company - www.planetdistribution.com
Newman’s Own Organics - www.newmansownorganics.com
Nana’s Cookies - www.healthycrowd.com

Vegan Dips, Sauces & Condiments
Emerald Valley Kitchen - Organic Dips, Spreads, Salsa - www.emeraldvalleykitchen.com
Haig’s Hummus - www.haigsdelicacies.com
MisoMayo - www.misomayo.com

Other Vegan Products
Golden Valley Flax - www.flaxhealth.com
Plains Products Flax Meal - www.flaxmeal.com
WholeFood Farmacy - bulk raw foods - www.feast.wholefoodfarmacy.com
Morning Glory Prunes - www.organicprunes.com
Gorge Delight JustFruit Bars - www.gorgedelights.com
Leroux Creek Organic Apple Sauce - www.lerouxcreek.com
Nutiva Organic Hemp Products - www.nutiva.com
Vegenaise Mayonaise Alternative - www.followyourheart.com
Vegan Soup from Mollie’s Natural Kitchen www.molliesnaturalkitchen.com
Amy’s Kitchen Frozen Vegan Foods - www.amyskitchen.com

Sulfite Free/Low Sulfites

Sulfites lurk in many popular foods and beverages, under the names sulfur dioxide, sodium sulfite, sodium bisulfite, potassium bisulfite, sodium metabisulfite and potassium metabisulfite. There is research showing sulfites are unhealthy, and some people react especially strongly to them. Because sulfites inhibit fungal and bacterial growth, they are sprayed on both fresh grapes and those used in winemaking. Bottled lemon and lime juices and sulfur-dried fruits also have high levels of sulfites.

Sulfite-Free Dried Fruit
Newman’s Own Organics - www.newmansownorganics.com
Made in Nature - www.madeinnature.com
Kariba Farms - www.karibafarms.com

Wines with Low Sulfites

Frey Vineyards www.freywine.com
Vida Orgánica Wine - www.vidaorganica.com
EcoVin Organics from Topolos Vineyards (no sulfites)

Allergy Free

Two of the most deadly food allergies are nut allergies and seafood allergies. They can result in Anaphylactic Shock, the severest form of allergeric reation. This is an often acute and sometimes fatal systemic reaction in a susceptible individual upon exposure to a specific food, such as peanuts. Reactions often include respiratory symptoms, fainting, itching, swelling of the throat or other mucous membranes and a sudden decline in blood pressure. For some allergic people, ingesting even a trace amount (such as a bit of a peanut kernel) can be life-threatening. There are many millions more people who have a much less severe allergy, but it’s still a dietary consideration.

As discussed previously, there are many other food
allergies such as those who are allergic to dairy products and wheat. Other common food allergies include soy, eggs, corn, and chocolate.

Peanut Butter Alternatives
SoyNut Butter Company - www.soynutbutter.com
Manitoba Hempseed Nut Butter - www.manitobaharvest.com
Artisana Organic Nut Butters - www.premierorganics.org
Kozlowski Fruit Sweetened Applebutter - www.kozlowskifarms.com

For more products that are allergy-free, see the other categories
in this article such as Gluten Free and Vegan listed above.

Yeast Free (Candida)

Candida albicans is a yeast-like fungus that normally lives in healthy balance in the body, found mostly in the intestines, genital tract, mouth, and throat. When the balance is upset or your defenses are poor infection results. This is known as Candidiasis and the fungus travels to all parts of the body through the bloodstream releasing its toxins to many parts of the body. Some experts say that as much as one third of the people in industrial nations suffer from diseases associated with candida albicans.

Candida thrives on carbohydrates, preserved refined
foods, mold, and foods that contain yeast and gluten. People with Candidiasis should avoid processed carbohydrates, refined sugars, and dairy products except live cultured yogurt. Smoked, dried, pickled or cured foods, yeast, mushrooms, nut butter (except almond butter), fruit juices, dried or candied fruit and coffee, black tea, caffeine, carbonated drinks and alcohol should be eliminated. Nutrition experts recommend eating a nutrient-rich, organic, non-processed whole foods diet with plenty of fresh raw vegetables. Of course, this is actually the most nutritious way to eat anyway, whether you have a problem with candida or not. Refer to the list of gluten-free and dairy-free products, as well as those in the vegan products list.

Cholesterol Free and Fat Free

Many of us suffer from high cholesterol, and many more of us have weight concerns. These two things contribute greatly to the health problems of Americans, from heart disease and stroke to diabetes and cancer. Although we now know that the fat-free craze of the past was wrong, and that some fats are actually good for you, there is still a legitamate need to watch our saturated fat intake and cholesterol.

Reducing Inflammation

The term arthritis refers to many different rheumatic diseases that affect the joints, muscles, and bones, as well as other tissues and structures. There is research indicating that our diet affects inflammation levels, especially diets high in sugar and saturated fats. Watching what we eat and choosing certain supplements can reduce or prevent arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

Getting a good supply of omega-3 fatty acids--found in oily fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, and mackerel--is recommended by many holistic health experts. Taking a fish oil capsule is also beneficial. It is also good to eat walnuts, freshly ground flaxseeds or flaxseed oil, and soy foods. Steer away from safflower, sunflower, corn and sesame oils, as well as polyunsaturated vegetable oils. Use walnut, flaxseed, or extra virgin olive oils instead.

Supplements for Reducing Inflammation
Zyflamend from New Chapter - www.new-chapter.com
Inflamax - www.inflamax.com
Zone Fish Oil Caps - www.searslabs.com
Synthovial Seven™ from Human Body Recon Co. - www.humanbodyrecon.com

Sugar Free

Over 18 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes. This is actually a group of diseases (type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes) characterized by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Carbohydrates are the key to successful dietary management of diabetes. As well as watching sugar intake, people with diabetes need to stay away from high glycemic foods such as bagels, bread, cookies, and cake.

Many of the products made by natural foods companies that are vegan, gluten free and/or dairy free are also low in sugar and perfect for those with diabetes. In years past there was a specialized market for diabetic products, but those manufacturers did not embrace a holistic approach or consider themselves “health food.” That has been changing, and a blending of the two sectors has gradually developed. Many other people have concerns about sugar content, including those with weight problems, high blood triglyceride levels, and those with dental issues. Many of the companies mentioned in the other categories of this article have little or no added sugar. For more information visit www.diabeteshelpcenter.com

Sugar Free Products
SteviaPlus Sugar Substitute - www.sweatleaf.com
Kozlowski Farms 100% Juice Sweetened Fruit Spreads - www.kozlowskifarms.com
Morning Glory Organic Prune Juice - www.organicprunes.com
Leroux Creek Organic Applesauce - www.lerouxcreek.com
Gorge Delight JustFruit Bars - www.gorgedelights.com
Nature’s Path Corn Flakes - www.naturespath.com
Lundberg Organic Rice Cakes - www.lundberg.com

Pesticide Free (Organic)

Many people are concerned about the pesticide and herbicide levels in the foods they consume. See www.ota.com for more information.

Organic Bread and Baked Goods

Rudi’s Organic Bakery - www.rudisbakery.com
French Meadow Bakery - www.frenchmeadow.com
Newman’s Own Organics -

Organic Soymilk and Rice Milk
Silk Organic Soymilk - www.silkissoy.com
Edensoy Organic Soymilk - www.edenfoods.com
Lundberg Farms Organic Drink Rice www.lundberg.com

Organic Dips, Salsa and Spices
Emerald Valley Kitchen - www.emeraldvalleykitchen.com
Arora Organics Indian Spices - www.aroracreations.com
Whole Spice Organic Spices - www.wholespice.com

Organic Soy Foods
Turtle Island Organic Soy Products - www.tofurky.com
White Wave Tofu - www.whitewave.com

Organic Dairy Products
Horizon Organics - www.horizonorganic.com
Stonyfield Farm - www.stonyfield.com
Organic Valley - www.organicvalley.com

Organic Wine and Beer
Frey Vineyards www.freywine.com
EcoVin Organics from Topolos Vineyards
Eel River Brewing Company - www.climaxbeer.com
Bison Beer - www.bisonbrew.com

Organic Fruit Products
Morning Glory Organic Prunes - www.organicprunes.com
Leroux Creek Organic Applesauce - www.lerouxcreek.com
Nana Mae’s Organics - www.nanamae.com

Organic Chocolate
Dagoba Organic Chocolate - www.dagobachocolate.com
Rapunzel Organics - www.rapunzel.com
Shaman Organic Chocolate - www.shamanchocolates.com

Organic Coffee
Café Mam Organic Coffee - www.cafemam.com
Caffé Ibis Organic Coffee - www.caffeibis.com

Other Organic Products
Nutiva Organic Hemp Products - www.nutiva.com
Road’s End Organics Vegan Foods - www.roadsendorganics.com
Imagine Natural Organic Soups - www.imaginefoods.com
Amy’s Kitchen - www.amyskitchen.com
Diestel Turkey - www.diestelturkey.com
New Chapter Organic Supplements - www.new-chapter.com
Artisana Organic Nut Butters - www.premierorganics.com
Bob’s Red Mill - www.bobsredmill.com
Fairfield Farm Kitchens - www.fairfieldfarmkitchens.com
Kettle Chips - www.kettlefoods.com
Dr. Bronner’s - www.drbronner.com

Related Info:
Eating For Health
How To Heal Yourself
The Health Benefits of Green Foods
Feeling Fat, Fuzzy or Frazzled?
Living Well: A Guide to Anti-Aging
Eating Well on a Gluten-Free Diet
The Truth about Cholesterol
Hidden Signs of Heart Attack in Women
Barry Sears on The Zone Diet
Managing Dietary Restrictions
Self-Hypnosis for Weight Loss

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