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Sophie Safe Food Guide Frequently Asked Questions


What is Sophie Safe Food Guide?

Sophie Safe Food Guide is a database of grocery items that is searchable by allergen. After choosing from our list of several hundred allergens, you can search the database for foods that don't have the things you don't want to eat!

How do profiles work?

When you create an account with the Sophie Safe Food Guide, you can set up profiles detailing the dietary needs of members of your household. You choose the items that each person need to exclude from their diet, and when you search, the database will return items that are free from the things you're avoiding. For example, if you are allergic to tree nuts, salmon, and you don't want to eat things with saccharin in them, then the database will give you lists of items with no nuts, no salmon, and no saccharin.

How many profiles can I create and How can I get more profiles?

A Premium account includes 4 profiles and a basic account 1 profile. Profiles are saved so that when you log in next time, you don't have to recreate them. However, you may also edit your profiles whenever you like.

What if a product has a warning statement on it? How is that addressed by the database?

As you have read labels the past few years, you have probably noticed that many products have statements on the label, often near the ingredient list, saying things like, "May contain peanuts and milk," or "Processed on equipment that also processes wheat." In your search results, these items will be included as "safe" items in spite of the warning statements, because many people are still able to eat these foods. Products with a warning statement will be listed with a special icon next to them, to show what type of warning is found on the label.

How do you decide which ingredients go with which allergens?

We research ingredient information posted by manufacturers, the FDA, FAAN, and other reputable sources to determine what ingredient names mean and the sources of ingredients. Using our research, we match each ingredient with every allergen that it could possibly contain.

What if I find a mistake in the Sophie Safe Food Guide?

If you have any questions, concerns, or other feedback about Sophie Safe Food Guide, please share it with us! We are continually building and improving our site, and your opinions will help us do it.

Could you please tell me what you do to find out whether the lactic acid comes from a dairy source?

When I researched lactic acid, I found that in most cases it is not dairy derived, unless stated on the label. FAAN agrees with my assessment, and includes lactic acid on their list of things that do NOT need to be restricted.
(http://www.foodallergy.org/page/milk-allergy)
Another website that explains this in more depth is:
http://www.godairyfree.org/Food-to-Eat/Food-Label-Info/Dairy-Ingredient-List.html
As always, if you have ANY doubts, you should check with the manufacturer

In one of my profiles, I indicated an allergy to nitrates. But when I searched for flours using this profile, I was given flours that include thiamine mononitrate. Could you please explain why these were included?

As far as I have been able to ascertain, people with Nitrate and Nitrite sensitivities generally avoid sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite. Thiamin Mononitrate is a Vitamin B preparation that is commonly used in flour and cereal products, and I have not been able to find any information that shows that avoidance of Thiamin Mononitrate would be beneficial to people avoiding Nitrates."


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