I am pretty good about reading product labels before I buy something for the first time. But, I have to remind myself to check them periodically. Why? Companies are always looking for ways to refresh their offerings. New and improved means ingredients have changed. It’s not always for the better for those who suffer from food allergies or are on a special diet.
For several weeks I have been plagued with intestinal gas and cramps. I wasn’t sick, but my stomach didn’t seem very happy.
Sunday, my Mom picked up a loaf of Oroweat Country Potato Bread, which I’ve been using as my backup bread when the store is out of my Dark Rye. The label happened to be facing me when I set it on the toaster. Bold lettering in the ingredient list caught my eye: nonfat milk.
I spend several weeks researching breads until I found this one. It wasn’t my regular loaf, but we’d pick it up when the Dark Rye wasn’t available. I hadn’t had any problems with it until now. I am pretty sure that the digestive issues I’ve been having lately are due to the dairy they’ve added to this bread. Three days off of it and I haven’t had a repeat of the symptoms.
I went to Oroweat’s website just to be sure I wasn’t losing my mind. Sure enough, they’ve got the old ingredients listed. No Dairy!
This is the frustration part of not only being vegan but being lactose intolerant to boot. I know there are hidden ingredients in processed foods that I’m not aware of. I accept that. It can be a real pain when dairy shows up where I don’t expect it.
Yet another item to cross off my list of things that are acceptable to eat.