Recipes – Vanilla Cashew Smoothie

This is a very simple recipe that I adapted from the ingredients list on something I enjoyed and a recipe for cashew milk. It does take a little bit of lead time (overnight) to soak the cashews, but once I had taken the time to do that, this recipe was far simpler and faster than […]


New Snack Products I Found on my Cross-Canada Health Food Journey

On my April trip across Western Canada, I stopped at over 25 health food stores, searching the shelves for new, safe products. The products must have no chance of containing propylene glycol, and should contain very simple ingredients. I did compromise in some cases – organic vanilla extract can contain glycerin, which is a possible […]


Across Western Canada by Health Food Store (Store Reviews) – Part One

In April, I took a trip halfway across Canada and back – from Ontario to BC’s west coast. Not only did I need to find snacks and other foods along the way, but I also wanted to explore the diversity of products offered in different places. I decided to review the places I stopped so […]


Finding Propylene Glycol-Free Food

Since my body first forced me to realize the extent of my glycol allergies, I have spent a great deal of time thinking about food. Not only have I replaced nearly every staple in my house, but I keep looking for convenience foods that I can have around in case of needing a quick snack, […]


Does the Sulphite Drying Process Affect People with Glycol Allergies? Or…What’s Not in Dried Produce?

Sulphites (or sulfites, if you are American) are already an allergen of their own – so much so that in Canada they are considered a major allergen that must be reported on food products. Sulphites are a regular ingredient in wine production, so much so that finding wine without sulphites is uncommon. I heard a […]


Propylene Glycol in Alcoholic Beverages

About a month and a half ago, I was sick. You know that horrible, draining, coughing, phelgm-y, awfulness that was going around? Well it hit no one in my house except me. My throat was so sore and swollen that I didn’t speak for three days. I couldn’t cough because it hurt too much, and […]


Chinese Organic Food

One thing that the development of my propylene glycol allergy has done is to make me a human detector of certain chemicals in food. I haven’t figured out all the quirks of my condition yet, but a closing throat is a pretty clear symptom. I have read recently about the conditions of Chinese-grown organic foods […]


Five Reasons to Stop Eating Your Contact Allergens

We know that people with food allergies can become sensitized to their food allergen to such a degree that they can no longer even be around the smell of the food, or touch it, as for example with peanuts. What about the reverse? What if you have a contact allergy, preventing you from being around […]


Is Propylene Glycol in Milk?

Today I continue my investigation of whether propylene glycol could be present in foods to which I previously thought I had an intolerance. I’ve been intolerant of dairy for about 10 years now, experiencing extreme intestinal distress. That distress, gassiness, and discomfort are some of the symptoms I experience from eating propylene glycol. Could I […]


Are North American Eggs Chemically Contaminated?

I’ve been intolerant of eggs for a long time. My more recent discovery that eating propylene glycol has been causing me symptoms like stomach upset have led me to reexamine my food intolerances. Here’s what I learned about eggs: Eggs directly from a bird are covered with a biological coating known as the cuticle. This […]