Food Allergy Info
About Food Allergies
Food allergy is a disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly targets a harmless food protein (an allergen) as a threat. To fight this threat, the body releases histamine and other chemicals, causing symptoms that can range from skin rashes and stomach problems to life-threatening anaphylaxis.
Although a person can be allergic to any food, eight foods (milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish) cause most food allergy reactions in the U.S. Anyone, at any age, can develop a food allergy, but the impact on children is especially severe. There is no cure, and no standard treatment to prevent food allergy reactions. Strict avoidance of problem foods is the only way to stay safe.
With the number of people who have food allergies increasing at a significant rate, this potentially fatal condition is a growing public health issue. The numbers tell the story:
- Food allergies affect up to 15 million Americans, including 1 in 13 children – roughly two in every classroom.
- Nearly 40 percent of these children have already experienced a severe or life-threatening reaction.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children with food allergies in the U.S. increased 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.
- Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.
Additional information on food allergies can be found at: www.foodallergy.org
+ Where is your product produced?
We bake in a certified commercial kitchen with dedicated mixers, pans and separate locked storage. The kitchen is cleaned and sanitized twice before we bake and we do not share the space during our operations. I am a certified Texas food manager and ServSafe food allergy trained and enforce strict cross contamination guidelines on baking our products as well as sanitizing our equipment.
+ What if I don’t have food allergies?
Awesome Bites Co. makes treats to share with the people you love. Our treats are made with ingredients that more people, and that includes you, can enjoy. We sweeten with whole fruits & vegetables so the treats accommodate people with low GI sugar diets; such as diabetics. They are made with good healthy ingredients so you’ll feel awesome eating them whether you are 2 years old or 82 years old. Without eggs, dairy and added sugar, our products don't have cholesterol or animal fat or ingredients that often make your body feel crummy. Every mini muffin is jam packed with a 1/4 serving of fruits/veggies and without nuts, you can eat them without worrying about the people around you.
+ How long does your product last?
To ensure maximum taste and freshness, our product should be eaten as soon as possible. Since our product does not use any preservatives, not even refined sugar, our product can last 3 days at room temperature (72F or below), a week in the fridge, and a month in the freezer. The best way to store our muffins is in the freezer and eaten by reheating in the microwave for 15 to 25 seconds.
Awesome Bites Co. strives to make treats that more people can enjoy and feel awesome about eating. In order to provide treats that are not only made with great ingredients but also do not include and are not produced in facilities that may come in contact with certain food allergens, we are limited to suppliers of ingredients. Our limited list of approved suppliers makes it difficult to accommodate additional food allergens and continue to produce a stellar product. Please check the ingredients on our products for your own safety and if you have any questions that are not answered below, please contact us.
+ What do you mean your muffins have “no added sugar”?
Our muffins are sweetened with whole fruits and vegetables such as apples, bananas, carrots and dates. We do NOT use agave, honey, molasses, stevia, any refined sugar, or sugar substitutes such Splenda or Sweet & Low. We do not use fruit concentrates or pasteurized, processed fruit juices. Fruits and vegetables have naturally occurring sugars along with vitamins, minerals & fiber, so you will find grams of sugar in our Nutritional Facts. I keep the peel on any fruit and vegetable that I can so y’all get more fiber… however, I do stop at banana peels… that’s not very tasty. For our Super Muffins with chocolate, there is a small amount of evaporated cane sugar; we use Enjoy Life chocolate in our products, which are top 8 food allergen free.
+ Do you ever use any sugar products in your treats?
Outside of our Super Muffins, I occasionally introduce new treats which are more of the dessert variety like brownies, cookies, and cakes that need frosting. In these situations, I use as little non-gmo unrefined sugar as possible.
+ Is every treat free of dairy, soy, eggs, and nuts?
Every treat from Awesome Bites Co. is free of dairy, soy, eggs and peanuts. We do however use COCONUTS, which according to the FDA is classified as a tree nut. According to the ACAAI,
“Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut. If you are allergic to tree nuts, talk to your allergist before adding coconut to your diet.”
We do not use any other tree nut in our treats.
+ How do you handle cross contamination?
We take cross contamination very seriously.
First, all of the ingredients used in our treats must be sourced from a supplier that does not also produce dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts (except coconut) along with our ingredients. We contact each supplier to verify how ingredients are manufactured. Please keep in mind that although we strive to ensure there is no cross contamination with how the ingredients are produced, there are still food recalls and the logistics involved with transporting the ingredients. As a food allergy consumer, always be prepared.
Second, all of the equipment used to produce our treats are cleaned and sanitize per guidelines from SafeServ on handling food allergens. Everyone involved in the making or packing of our treats must wear fresh clothes and aprons when they arrive along with lots of constant hand washing.
+ Can you make your products gluten free?
We offer a number of gluten free items and are exploring adding additional flavors. Although we source gluten free ingredients for these items, we do not produce gluten free treats in a separate bakery. We do bake our gluten free products at a separate time than our gluten products and we use a separate mixer and all other equipment is thoroughly cleaned between batches. Our baking powder is also gluten free, but does contain non GMO corn.
+ Is your product organic?
None of our ingredients are genetically modified. We try to use organic ingredients where possible. We use organic unbleached wheat flour and most of the fruits and vegetables are organic unless seasons do not permit. Our gluten free options are made with gluten free flour that is certified organic, non-gmo, kosher & vegan.
+ Is your product free of preservatives and artificial ingredients?
We do not use any preservatives or artificial ingredients in our product. Our vanilla and lemon extracts are derived from vanilla beans and lemon rinds. Frosting is made with natural food colorings such as beet juice or turmeric. Please contact us for more information.
+ Is your product vegan?
Yes, all of our products are vegan. We do not use dairy, eggs or refined sugars in any of our products. In our gluten free products, the xanthan gum is also vegan & kosher.
+ Is your product kosher?
We are not certified kosher; however, we do not use dairy, meat, or eggs in our products. The fruits and vegetables we use are not generally at risk of insects or bugs. We do use vanilla and lemon extract in our products that are certified kosher.
+ Is your product halal?
We are not certified as halal; however we do not use dairy, meat or eggs in our products. We do use vanilla and lemon extract in our products that contain alcohol, but are certified kosher.
+ If I can’t make it to the farmer’s market, can I place an order?
Yes, you sure can. Please click the Place an Order button to arrange pick up in the Heights over the weekend. For special catering orders, please click Contact Us so I can help you out. We also recently launched limited hours on UberEats for delivery on Friday - Sunday 8a-8p. UberEat delivery is limited to 10 miles from the Heights.
+ Do you deliver?
We recently launched limited hours on UberEats for delivery on Friday - Sunday. UberEat delivery is limited to 10 miles from the Heights.
+ How are payments processed?
+ Do you ship?
Not yet, currently shipping is not available. We expect to launch shipping early 2017.