I made a mistake at the supermarket the other day…
I bought something without checking the ingredients first.😱
This is something I am usually meticulous about but I saw some ready cooked pulled pork and hubby and I thought it would make a nice change so we bought some looking forward to a home made “Chinese” that evening.
When we got home, as I unpacked the shopping I realised I had just better double check that it was “safe”….it wasn’t 😢
A few years ago we discovered that hubby has an intolerance to yeast. After a particularly bad patch with his health, we tried eliminating some of the usual suspects such as gluten and dairy and then reintroduced them.
In the process we discovered that gluten and dairy were fine but the yeast within the bread was not as he could eat pasta and flour based foods but as soon as he had anything with yeast he would suffer terrible cramps, pains and all the associated IBS symptoms.
We began to check foods more carefully and discovered that there were so many other products containing yeast that we basically needed to cook everything from scratch.
Ready made sauces in jars were out.
The majority of crisps and savoury snacks were out (disaster as he loves savoury snacks and crisps)
Some sweet treats were also “out of bounds”; donuts, hot cross buns, Christmas pudding among many other things.
We’re getting used to checking everything now but every so often something catches us out where we can see no logical reason for it to be included.
One of the most frustrating things is that you cannot say to friends “yes he can eat that or no he can’t”. Even when they have lovingly prepared something from scratch, as the majority of stock cubes contain yeast extract. (We only know of one which is clearly marketed as “yeast free” but not all supermarkets stock it.)
Manufacturing and brands are also inconsistent. We may be able to buy one brand or flavour of soup but not another.
Occasionally I like to be able to just “throw” something pre prepared into the oven but this is a challenge in itself.
No pizzas! Oven bakes or ready meals have to be carefully scrutinised before purchase, even fish an chips!!. We have even discovered that in our usual supermarket we can buy 3 of a possible 4 pasty bakes but the 4th has yeast. In another supermarket which sells the same 4 fillings, he can have the 4th but not the other 3.
How do you cope with that?????
My main gripe is that it does not get any recognition. A few years ago I was chatting to an in store demonstrator about the fact that yeast was not on her display board of intolerances or allergies. Now there is a significant difference between allergies and intolerance but although not life threatening an intolerance can make you pretty ill.
Fast forward a couple of months and I see the “demonstrator” (or rather she saw me first). She came rushing up to me and was so excited to tell me that after our conversation she had cut out yeast from her diet and a lot of her long term health problems had disappeared. This was after years of going to different consultants etc. No one had even suggested that yeast could be the problem.
We also get frustrated when asking about whether something contains yeast, we are immediately met with a “gluten free?” response. My usual response now is to pick up the nearest “gluten free” product and show them the yeast in the ingredients list.
One of the benefits though is being able to resist some of the fast food places as there is not usually anything he can eat there although eating out can be difficult to work out whether something is OK.
Some foods he has found he can eat which he had previously thought a problem but it transpires that it is an associated yeast ingredient that was the problem.
The words “new recipe” on a product usually fill us with dread as it usually means that it now contains yeast and is now out of bounds.
Doe’s anyone else have the same problem?
I will try and share a couple of my “alternative” recipes.