We recently decided to strive as much as possible for a gluten-free and soy-free range. Unfortunately, it is not possible to achieve this for the entire range.  I can imagine that you wonder what our motive for this is. I’m going to explain it to you in this column.

What are allergens?

Allergens are proteins that can trigger allergic reactions and are found in certain ingredients. The European Union has determined that the ingredients that cause the most hypersensitivity reactions should appear on the label such as:

  • Cereals containing gluten, such as wheat, spelt, rye, barley and oats
  • Egg
  • Fish
  • Peanut
  • All nuts
  • Soy
  • Milk
  • Crustaceans and molluscs
  • Celery
  • Mustard
  • Sesame seed
  • Sulphites
  • Lupine

Allergens can be subdivided into:

Food allergens

They enter the body through food such as soy and gluten.

Inhalation allergens

They enter the body through inhalation such as pollen or house dust mites.

Contact allergens

They enter the body through contact with the skin such as cosmetics.

The allergens mentioned above must always be indicated on the label, regardless of how much of the substance is present in the food or for what purpose it has been used. It can be an ingredient, but also an aid in production. Substances that are made from the allergens must also be stated on the label.

Many producers nowadays choose to mention traces of the allergen or produced in an environment where various allergens are present.  PowerSlim has also chosen to mention this and warns in this way for possible cross-contamination, even though this is not necessarily the case.  Reporting traces is important for people who react so violently to a food that a life-threatening situation can arise, such as anaphylactic shock. For these people it is important that the traces are also mentioned on the label.

Why soy and gluten free?

Then why does PowerSlim choose to avoid soy and gluten as much as possible, if there are so many allergens?  This is because various scientific studies have shown that gluten-containing grains and soy are two of the most common allergens. In addition, PowerSlim was regularly asked by end consumers and coaches whether we could develop more products without soy and / or gluten in them.

For that reason, PowerSlim has chosen, where possible, to make the largest part of the PowerSlim range soy and / or gluten free.  We currently have 23 products in our range that are soy and / or gluten free. Several products will follow in the coming months.

To be continued!