“Free From” Anything Artificial

"Free From" Anything Artificial - Quicken Loans Zing Blog This guest post is co-written by Stacy Goldberg, MPH, RN, CEO & Founder and Kim McDevitt, MPH, Savorfull Nutritionist and Web Content Director. Based in Detroit, Michigan, Stacy Goldberg is the CEO of Savorfull, a Quicken Loans Family Company. Savorfull discovers the best samples of “free from” food products, handpicked by our nutrition experts, foodies and clean eating fanatics, and delivers them straight to your door. A monthly subscription to Savorfull includes deluxe to full-size gluten, dairy, peanut and egg free food samples, Stacy’s recipes and pairings, as well as nutritional tips and tricks.

Have you ever picked up a granola bar or a package of cookies and flipped it over to scan the ingredient list? Maybe you were looking for peanuts, because your sister is coming into town for the holiday, and your nephew is seriously allergic. Perhaps you were looking for any words that remotely sounded like artificial sweeteners, because you recently heard on the news that they may be linked to cancer. Regardless of your reason, one thing is for certain ­– 50% or more of those listed ingredients you’d probably never heard of, most likely couldn’t pronounce, and definitely didn’t sound like anything you use in the food you prepare at home.

We’re a country that relies heavily on convenience foods. And while depending on toaster waffles for a quick breakfast for your kids as they rush to catch the bus is a fine option, the brand of waffles you buy should perhaps be cautiously selected.

There are many brands of packaged foods out there that are unhealthy, and many of them border on scary. Instead of natural ingredients, these foods are filled with man-made chemicals, fillers and preservatives used to enhance flavor, color and taste. With reported links to health complications, such as rashes, asthma, hyperactivity, metabolism alteration and more, these are ingredients that you don’t want in your diet and certainly not in your kids.  While it probably feels like most of the foods you pick up contain these ingredients, don’t fear. There are actually MANY healthful convenience options out there too.

Here at Savorfull, the best ingredients are always our top priority. Beyond looking for food “free from” the top eight allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, wheat, shellfish, fish, soy and milk) we’re scanning the labels for you, and skipping the foods containing those hard-to-read, less-than-natural ingredients. We’re your eyes and ears in the food world, bringing you allergen-friendly foods, free of artificial anything, made with love by dedicated food producers around the world. If you’re looking for a list of brands that are “free from” the above-mentioned chemicals and preservatives, head over to Savorfull. We discover the best samples of “free from” food products, handpicked by our nutrition experts, foodies and clean eating fanatics, and deliver them straight to your door. A monthly subscription to Savorfull includes deluxe to full-size gluten, dairy, peanut- and egg-free food samples, Stacy’s recipes and pairings, as well as nutritional tips and tricks. You even have the option of purchasing directly online to save you the hassle of searching through your grocery store!

 

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