Since actual products change, it is imperative that you check every label every time you buy. Various parents and dietitians have put together this list of unacceptable ingredients in an attempt to simplify the ingredient dilemma.
Please, remember to always check with your clinic and dietitian. Gather all information available and then make your own decision.
FOOD INGREDIENTS WHICH ARE UNACCEPTABLE IN THE DIET FOR GALACTOSEMIA:
Non-Fat Dry Milk
Dry Milk Protein
Non-Fat Milk Solids
Whey & Whey Solids
NOTE: Lactate, Lactic acid and Lactylate do not contain lactose and are acceptable ingredients.
* Dough Conditioners may include caseinates which are UNACCEPTABLE. Most labels specify the name of the conditioner which is added to the product. If not, contact the company to make sure that all are acceptable.
** Hydrolyzed protein is UNACCEPTABLE and is commonly found in canned meats, like tuna. Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, however, is acceptable.
*** A few diet margarine’s do not contain milk. Check labels before using any brand. If “margarine” is listed as an ingredient in any processed food, consider the product UNACCEPTABLE.
**** MSG or Monosodium Glutamate itself is acceptable; however, some MSG’s contain lactose extenders. It is best to avoid MSG whenever possible.
***** Soy sauce is UNACCEPTABLE if it is fermented. Brands must be checked before including this in the galactosemic diet.
Click here to see the List of Ingredients to Avoid that was distributed at the PGC Conference in July 2010.