At Basquet, we scour through brands and products, digging into the nitty-gritty of their labels. We also hone in on products that avoid top allergens, such as gluten, milk, and nuts.
We are flexible in order to cater to any of the common allergens while also allowing for an array of needs and specifications.
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Milk: Cow’s milk is the most common food allergy in infants and young children. Even though most children eventually outgrow their allergy to milk, milk allergy is also among the most common food allergies in adults. Approximately 70% of children with cow milk allergy tolerate baked cow milk. Baked milk can be defined as milk that has been extensively heated, which disrupts the structure of the proteins that cause cow milk allergy. Young children who are allergic to fresh milk but can eat baked milk without reacting may be more likely to outgrow their milk allergy at an earlier age than young children who react to baked milk.
Egg: Hen’s egg allergy is among the most common food allergies in infants and young children, but is less common in older children and adults. Most children eventually outgrow their allergy to egg (71% by 6 years of age), although some individuals remain allergic to egg throughout their lives. Approximately 70% of children with egg allergy tolerate baked egg as heating disrupts the protein responsible for egg allergy. The safe and regular ingestion of baked egg foods can lead to tolerance or resolution of egg allergy over time. Speak to your allergist before trialing baked egg products at home.
Peanut: The peanut allergy is the most common food allergy in children under age 18 and the second-most common food allergy in adults. A peanut allergy is usually lifelong: only about 20 percent of children with peanut allergy outgrow it over time. Peanuts are not the same as tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, pecans and more), which grow on trees. (Though approximately 40% of children with tree nut allergies have an allergy to peanuts.) Peanuts grow underground and are part of a different plant family, the legumes. Being allergic to peanuts does not necessarily mean that you have a greater chance of being allergic to another legume. However, allergy to lupine, another legume commonly used in vegan cooking, can occur in patients with peanut allergy
Soy: Soy allergy is more common in infants and young children than in older children and approximately 0.4% of infants in the U.S. have soy allergy. Most children eventually outgrow their allergy to soy, although some individuals remain allergic to soy throughout their lives. Soybeans are a member of the legume family, alongside beans, peas, lentils and peanuts. While it is rare for peanut allergic patients to react to soy, the reverse is not true. One study found that up to 88% of soy-allergic patients had peanut allergy or were significantly sensitized to peanuts. Individuals with soy allergy were more likely to be allergic or sensitized to major allergens including peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk and sesame than to non-peanut legumes such as beans, peas and lentils.
Wheat: Wheat allergy is most often reported in young children and may affect up to 1% of children in the U.S. One study found that two-thirds of children with a wheat allergy outgrow it by age 12. However, some individuals remain allergic to wheat throughout their lives. Wheat allergy and celiac disease are both adverse food reactions, but their underlying causes are very different. Wheat allergy results from an adverse immunologic (IgE-mediated) reaction to proteins in wheat and reactions can cause typical allergy symptoms involving the skin, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory system, and anaphylaxis in some individuals.
Tree-Nut: Tree nut allergies are among the most common food allergies in both children and adults. The six tree nut allergies most commonly reported by children and adults are allergies to walnut, almond, hazelnut, pecan, cashew and pistachio. Approximately 50% of children that are allergic to one tree nut are allergic to another tree nut. Approximately two-thirds of patients reactive to cashew or walnut will react to pistachio or pecan, respectively. Most children who are allergic to one or more tree nuts do not outgrow their tree nut allergy.
In the U.S., plain-language labeling on packaged foods is required for 18 different tree nuts. These tree nuts are not the same as peanuts (only 40% of children with tree nut allergies have an allergy to peanuts), which grows underground and is a legume related to beans and peas. Tree nuts are also different from seed allergens such as sesame, sunflower, poppy and mustard, which do not grow on trees.
Shellfish: Shellfish allergies are the most common food allergies in adults and among the most common food allergies in children. Approximately 2% of the U.S. population reports an allergy to shellfish. Shellfish allergies are usually lifelong.
There are two groups of shellfish: crustaceans (such as shrimp, prawns, crab and lobster) and mollusks/bivalves (such as clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, octopus, squid, abalone, snail). Allergy to crustaceans is more common than allergy to mollusks, with shrimp being the most common shellfish allergen for both children and adults.
Fish: Finned fish is one of the most common food allergies with a prevalence of 1% in the U.S. population. In one study, salmon, tuna, catfish and cod were the fish to which people most commonly reported allergic reactions. Finned fish and shellfish are not closely related. Being allergic to one does not always mean that you must avoid both, though care is needed to prevent cross-contact between fish and shellfish. Discuss this issue in detail with your allergist to make sure the appropriate food restrictions are implemented.
Sesame: Sesame is the ninth most common food allergy among children and adults in the U.S. The edible seeds of the sesame plant are a common ingredient in cuisines around the world, from baked goods to sushi. Several reports suggest this allergy has increased significantly worldwide over the past two decades.
Starting January 1, 2023, sesame will become the ninth major allergen that must be labeled in plain language on packaged foods in the U.S. While some manufacturers may begin labeling for sesame sooner, they are not required to do so. We, however, will be ensuring that this is vetted.
A quick note on coconut:
Coconut: Coconut, the seed of a drupaceous fruit, has typically not been restricted in the diets of people with a tree-nut allergy. However, in October 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began identifying coconut as a tree-nut. Medical literature documents a small number of allergic reactions to coconut; most occurred in people who were not allergic to tree nuts. We’d rather be safe than sorry.
However, even this tiny amount of food protein can catalyze reactions in people with food allergies and sensitivities!
The term “cross-contact” is fairly new. Some people may call this “cross-contamination.” Below, we have a chart to exemplify this concept.
For all you visual learners out there: We weren’t kidding when we said we accommodate everyone. Kind of our thing.
Although we do highlight our strength in catering to allergen-friendly lifestyles, Basquet is also a great place to discover new brands, even if you do not have any allergies & food intolerances.
No account is required to shop, however, if you would like to personalize your experience, you can create your account here. Although not necessary, we do encourage creating an account as we’d like to believe that our personalization features are some of the best. Personalizing is not only beneficial for us to understand your needs, but it is also a good idea when ordering for multiple members of a household with different dietary preferences.
If you want to avoid an allergen or ingredient, personalizing simplifies this for you. Let us do all the work. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your Basquet.