Saturday, April 19, 2014

Freedom Foods - Allergy-Friendly Cereals for Multiple Food Allergies

The path to trying Freedom Foods cereals started with a friend's craft idea that involved "Cheerio"-type cereal.  I remember having read about Freedom Foods' "TropicOs" a long time ago and went on the hunt.  They were not available at either Whole Foods location, but I was able to find them at another local store - H-E-B Central Market!  I did my due diligence, contacting the company to inquire about the various cereals to see which ones my daughter could try.  They sent me some coupons and off I went in search of safe cereals!

After getting to the cereal aisle and seeing so many options, I actually got a little teary.  It isn't often that we, parents of multiple food allergic children, are presented with a bevy of options!

I couldn't get all the options in frame!
I loaded up my cart like I was at Costco!  Here is a closeup of one of the boxes and an informational image from one of their emails:

I don't think I've ever seen a cereal free from so many different allergens (it's free from more, but they don't fit on the front of the box!)  I also love that they use non-GMO ingredients.  This company is based in Australia, where the incidence of food allergies is even higher than here in U.S.  I wish I could see these products on every grocery shelf in the U.S.  They are on the higher-priced end, for cereal, but I feel that it's worth it for the higher-quality ingredients and the fact that they test every batch for certain allergens, every time!  They are serious about this stuff, and I appreciate it.

These cereals would also be great for anyone - not just those with allergies.  Why save $2 buying junk cereal, when it's going to "cost" your child's health and wellness, down the road?  There are no artificial colors or flavors, which is another added bonus.  (Though I consider it a requirement...)  

They have more varieties, but these are the ones carried locally.
Of the course of several days, my daughter tried out the various cereals.  One of the ingredients in some of the cereal varieties is sorghum flour, which is new to her diet.  I think that ingredient made her a little itchy, but it was not a major issue.  As fun and flavorful as the TropicO's and Maple Crunch cereals are, my daughter actually prefers the Rice Flakes the most!  She will eat the Corn Flakes, too, but she has a definitely preference for the Rice Flakes.  So, it's up to me to finish off the others. ;)

So, if you're looking for an allergy-friendly cereal option, consider checking out the Freedom Foods' line.  As always, please be sure to contact them, directly, to check if their products are safe for your child's particular needs.  I am just so happy to have another item to add to the "CAN HAVE" list!

Note:  I received coupons after I asked about cross-contact possibilities, but I did not receive any compensation for this post.
All opinions are purely my own, as always!