Feature on Food Allergies

Gluten and Corn free Diet Shopping Tips for Food Allergy Sufferers

If you are new a gluten and corn free diet but you’ve been gluten free awhile, you will be disappointed to learn that corn is not considered a major allergen in the U.S. and is not regulated or labeled in food products as an allergen. There is just simply no law to protect people suffering from corn allergies. Since manufacturers are not accountable, labeling becomes a nefarious process of calling for verification and getting cross contaminated to whittle down safe products and reliable companies. (…)

Fruit Wax Ingredients Revealed: What’s on the Wax Covering Your Fruit?

Fruit wax coverings have been hotly debated by organic, vegan, and food allergic bloggers over the years. I’ve read extensively on the subject and decided to put to rest some long standing rumors on what’s really in or not in fruit wax coverings. I think the conversations on fruit wax and the fears some consumers have are legitimate. Unfortunately, finding out what’s sprayed on our fruit is tricky business. Many formulations are proprietary, meaning their ‘recipes’ are secret. And because the US government doesn’t classify these wax sprays as a food substance, it doesn’t have the same labeling regulation as our packaged food products, organic products, and meat products.

Do food allergy sufferers need to worry about fruit wax?

Are they filled with toxic chemicals that are harmful to our kids? Let me tell you what I’ve discovered. (…)

Gluten and Corn free Baking Mixes: See Our Favorite Brands

Gluten and corn free baking mixes: All gluten and corn free kitchens need a few handy products. Gluten and corn free baking mixes are hard to find. Corn is not an official allergen in the United States and therefore is not legally required to be labeled on food products as (…)

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Reading Comprehension Strategies for Parents of ASD Kids

I’ve created some reading comprehension strategies for you today that will work with 3rd through 5th grade kids. These reading comprehension strategies are beneficial for all kids, but my focus today is on special needs kids, particularly kids diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

If you are a parent looking for reading comprehension strategies for your ASD child my suggestions should help get you off to a good start. As you know, for ASD kids, a lot gets missed in the large classroom setting that makes homework time at the kitchen table quite difficult. The ASD child often forgets, misunderstands, and inappropriately responds to his assigned homework. Frustrated and tired parents usually end up doing the work for the child just to get it done.

If this sounds familiar, I’d like to offer you a few reading comprehension strategies. My reading tips will hopefully give you a few tools for your toolbox and take the torture out of homework time. (…)

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