Friday, September 14, 2007

Nature's Alternative to Dairy Products!

I thought that I had become quite well versed at checking labels, until one week my son's rash was off the charts bad. I went through everything that we had eaten down to the bread and whole wheat crackers. I couldn't find milk products anywhere. Finally I went to make my son a toasted "soy" cheese sandwich. His innocent baby blue eyes looked up at me and he said, "Mom, did you check the label?" I said, "Of course I did." He said, "Will you check again?" I said, "Son, it says 'Nature's Alternative to Dairy' right on the front. Of course it doesn't have milk." He asked again, "Will you please check the label?" "Fine." So I looked at the label and sure enough one of the ingredients was "casein." I had been feeding my son "poison" without even knowing it! This wasn't the only time a product has been mislabeled misleading innocent consumers like me to buy their product. Cool Whip says "non-dairy" on the label, but it too has "casein." Always double check the label. When in doubt, call the manufacturer. I did so with microwave popcorn (labeled "natural flavor") and sure enough, it had milk. Thank goodness I didn't feed that to my son!


Alisa said...

Is that a Galaxy brand I wonder? How frustrating!

Juventa said...

I can't remember what brand it was. I bought it at Super Walmart of Food Lion, I think. It was in the organic section and was a brand of soy cheese.

yummy wasabi said...

I've been finding a lot of products that are not child friendly when it comes to labeling their products. I'm so glad I stumbled on your blog! It has been a life saver (literally). I'm just surprised at how many products there are out there that are not properly labeled.