So, another large vegan launch — this time from supermarket giant Asda.
I still have mixed feelings about Veganuary, and the vegan bandwagon on which we currently find ourselves, and how it is impacting free from and the lives of people with food allergy. Is it offering more options to those with all kinds of dietary restrictions? Or is it muddying the waters of what free from is and isn’t, leading to confusion and frustration?
That argument is for another day. A closer look at some of the products in the Plant Based range — which total over 40 — reveals that quite a few use wheat, and several have other allergens.
That said, there is a small selection of products which tick multiple boxes — including gluten free — that I’ve identified, and there may be others.
Here are the ones I’ve picked out which appear to be either free of all 14 declarable food allergens, or else come very close:
Spicy Mexican Style Rice Bowl (this is also pea free)
Three Bean Chilli & Rice (this contains sulphites; also looks pea free)
Tomato Halloumi Alternative Balls (these contain oat fibre)
Always double check actual labels, though, as I’ve worked via the website to highlight these, and either may have missed some allergens or there’s always a possibility of error online.