Understanding food allergies
At Natura Market, we understand that living with a food allergy can be challenging. Food allergies are a serious issue that affects millions of people worldwide. They occur when your body's immune system mistakenly identifies a food as harmful and triggers an allergic reaction.
This can lead to a range of symptoms, including hives, swelling, itching, digestive issues, and even anaphylaxis - a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
In Canada, the top eight allergens are:
Wheat/Gluten and Triticale
Tree Nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts)
Shellfish (Crustaceans and mollusks)
In addition to these top allergens, Canada also recognizes the following as common allergens, for a total of 11 allergens:
Making life easier for people with food allergies
At Natura Market, we believe that no one should have to sacrifice taste or convenience when it comes to snacking, especially those living with food allergies. That's why we've curated a selection of the best allergen-free snacks in Canada, so you can indulge in your favorite treats without worrying about allergic reactions.
We take food allergies seriously, and all of our products are carefully screened to ensure they are free from the top eight food allergens, as well as other common allergens like gluten, sesame, and sulfites.
Plus, we work with trusted brands that share our commitment to quality and safety, so you can rest assured that you're getting the best of the best.
Buy gluten free snacks
Gluten is one of those issues that can cause digestive issues and discomfort for people intolerant to it. But, that doesn't mean you have to deny yourself great tasting snacks. Our range of school safe snacks are not only gluten free, but they taste incredible too.
Made with the highest quality ingredients, you won't be able to taste that they don't contain gluten. From crunchy granola bars to indulgent chocolate chip cookies, our selection of gluten-free snacks come in a variety of flavors and textures.
Whether you're looking for a mid morning pick-me-up for your kid to enjoy at school, or a treat to satisfy your sweet tooth after lunch, our certified gluten-free snacks have you covered.
Buy dairy free snacks
Don't let your dairy allergy or intolerance keep you from enjoying your favorite snacks! Our collection of dairy-free snacks are made from premium ingredients and are just as deliciously satisfying as traditional snacks.
Choose from savory crackers to crumbly cookies, and everything in between, with our dairy free collection you won't have to sacrifice taste or convenience when you need an on-the-go sweet treat.
So go ahead, indulge in our delicious selection of dairy-free snacks and never have to worry about the food ingredients.
Buy peanut free snacks
Our selection of peanut-free and nut free snacks are the perfect school safe snacks for anyone who wants to indulge in delicious treats without the worry of peanut ingredients.
We understand the severity of peanut allergies and the importance of avoiding peanuts for so many people, which is why we've curated an extensive range of peanut-free and tree nuts free snacks.
From tasty nut free granola bars to satisfying cookies, our selection of peanut-free snacks has something for everyone to enjoy.
Why settle for anything that comes with the risk of allergic reactions? Instead, simply indulge in one of our delicious peanut-free snacks and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with tucking into a snack that is both safe and healthy.
Top tips for living with and/or living with someone with a food allergy
Living with a food allergy can be challenging, but it doesn't have to be scary. With these simple tips, you can navigate the world of food with confidence and ease:
Learn to read food labels like a pro. In Canada, food products are required to have an allergy statement if there are any allergies present, but don't rely on this alone. Always read the ingredients list carefully to ensure that there are no hidden allergens lurking inside. If you're unsure about a product, talk to your healthcare professional.
Practice proper sanitation to prevent cross-contamination. Always wash your hands and wipe down surfaces thoroughly before preparing or eating food. If you can, use separate utensils and cookware for preparing allergen-free meals.
Don't keep your food allergy a secret. Make sure that the people around you are aware of your allergy, so they can help you stay safe. Tell family, friends, coworkers, and especially restaurant staff if you're dining out. The more people who know about your allergy, the better equipped they are to support you, and the safer you'll be.
Shop for allergen-free foods. There are many brands that are committed to producing high-quality, allergen-free products. Look for the allergy-friendly label on packaging or do your research online to find brands that cater to your specific needs.
Always carry your prescribed medication with you. Whether it's an EpiPen or antihistamines, make sure that you have your medication on hand at all times. You never know when an allergic reaction may occur, so it's better to be safe than sorry.
With these tips in mind, living with a food allergy can be manageable and even enjoyable. Don't let your allergy hold you back - take control of your health and live life to the fullest.
Buy best allergy friendly snacks
So, where can you buy the best allergen-free snacks in Canada? The answer is simple - Natura Market!
We offer a wide range of snacks that are free from the most common allergens, including chips, cookies, granola bars, popcorn, and more. Plus, we're always adding new products to our selection, so you can discover new favorites and enjoy a variety of snacks.