The reality for many people with gluten allergies is that they may also be allergic to other common foods. Those living with multiple food sensitivities often cannot tolerate allergens such as soy, corn, dairy, certain grains, tomatoes (or, nightshades), nuts, fish, eggs, and even chemicals or flavorings like MSG. In such cases, these people don't only need to be on the look out for gluten and its various aliases, but also other foods, which can become overwhelming and cause confusion, especially when shopping for processed or pre-made goods. In this case, becoming familiar with companies that cater to the food-allergic community is crucial. And good news for us, there happen to be many.
The Living Harvest company of Portland, Oregon makes a point to utilize whole and organic foods for the health-conscious connoisseur and the food-allergic community. Living Harvest maximizes the naturally nutritious properties of the hemp seed and has translated that into an entire line of gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and nut-free goods. Included on the list are their organic hemp oils (available in two varieties), hemp ice cream (in five flavors), hemp milk (in five flavors), and organic hemp protein powder (available in two varieties).
Hemp seeds are nutritional powerhouses and considered superfoods by some. They are loaded with all ten Essential Amino Acids (EAA's) -- those building blocks of protein that the body requires for function, but cannot make itself. Hemp seeds also contain a balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's), which means good things for your cholesterol. Hemp also contains substantial amounts of magnesium, iron, potassium, fiber and phytonutrients, and antioxidants like vitamin E. In choosing hemp products, you're not only avoiding allergens, but you're also maximizing nutritional intake.
Living Harvest products can be purchased via their website, and at health food stores nationwide.