Yes, our food is free of the top 14 allergens. This means that we don’t include any of the following allergens in ANY of the products that we produce:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
  • Wheat – Gluten
  • Soy
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Celery
  • Mustard
  • Lupin
  • Sulphur Dioxide
  • Fish
  • Molluscs
  • Shellfish

Our products also don’t contain any gluten, grains, dairy, added sugars, complex carbohydrates (rice/corn/potatoes) or preservatives.

Yes, all of our food is completely gluten free. We do not use any wheat or gluten or any ingredients that contain gluten in our products. We are not gluten free certified yet, but are working towards that and hope to receive that certification in the coming months.

We presently produce in a shared kitchen space. With that said, we produce under USDA inspection, with very strict sanitation standards. Every piece of equipment not being utilized is covered with sheeting, surfaces are wiped carefully and we conduct pre-operative, operative and post-operative sanitation procedures to ensure that no cross-contamination occurs.

No. We no not add any sugars to our products. A lot of gluten-free foods use sugar to replace the flavors lost when grains are removed, and it’s almost impossible to find a gluten-free product without added refined sugar. You’ll often see sugar listed several times on the ingredient list in its many different forms: corn syrup, maltodextrin, dextrin, sugar, etc.The only sweetener that we use is honey which is a Monosaccharide.

Monosaccharides are single sugar molecules including glucose, fructose and galactose which require no further digestion in order to be transported across the intestinal barrier and into the bloodstream. They can be considered “predigested” carbohydrates. Monosaccharides are found in ripe fruit, honey, some in vegetables, nuts, and tiny amounts in meat.

No. We don’t and here’s why. Many gluten free foods contain rice products (rice starch, rice flour & brown rice syrup) – Rice is notoriously contaminated with arsenic, which is a “potent human carcinogen” according to scientists at Consumer Reports and classified as a group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

No.  In fact, this is a pretty big no no in our world. Corn and soy ingredients (corn meal, corn starch, corn syrup, soybean oil, soy lecithin) are found in a lot of gluten-free foods today. When you see anything made from conventional corn or soy on a label, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s genetically modified (GMO) because the vast majority of these crops in the U.S. are GMO.

Nope. We don’t use any artificial ingredients or preservatives. We only use very simple, whole ingredients you would find in your own kitchen cabinet at home. Food companies often add the additive xanthan gum for texture and softness when gluten is taken out. This hasn’t really been shown to be a dangerous ingredient to eat, but be aware that it’s often derived from GMO corn and triggers allergies or gastrointestinal issues in some people.

No. Everything in our products are simple easy to digest foods. Most gluten free products today have replaced the gluten with starchy ingredients like tapioca starch, potato starch, corn starch and rice flour. The sugar contents in these ingredients are

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is a very specific diet, which is based on the theory that by eliminating most carbohydrates (primarily grains, starches, dairy, and sugars) and allowing only specific carbohydrates  that require minimal digestion, it can reduce inflammation and make digestion enjoyable for people with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. 

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is intended for those with Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease, Divertriculitis, Cystic Fibrosis, and chronic diarrhea. It has also been effective in the treatment of Autism. The foods on the diet are based on the chemical structure of the foods. Carbohydrates are classified by their molecular structure, simple vs. complex carbohydrates. The only carbohydrates allowed on the diet are monosaccharides or simple carbs, which are easily absorbed by the intestine wall. Complex carbohydrates (monosaccharides or polysaccharides) are not allowed because they are not easily digested and then feed bad bacteria in the gut, causing them to overgrow and increase inflammation. The diet works by starving out these bad bacteria.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ was clinically tested for over 50 years by Dr Haas and biochemist Elaine Gottschall with convincing results. 75% of those who adhere rigidly to the diet gain significant improvement.

The SCD stands for Specific Carbohydrate Diet and it is based on the understanding that most inflammatory bowl diseases are as a result of an overgrowth and imbalance of intestinal microbial flora. By changing our diet, we can effect this intestinal flora, and bring it back into balance, healing our digestive tracts and restoring proper absorption. You can learn more about the SCD Diet on the Breaking the Vicious Cycle website.

The Paleo diet is based on the way that our “ancestors” ate, reverting back to the way our bodies were made to consume food (similar to cavemen and women).

The diets are very similar in that they both eliminate all complex carbohydrates, preservatives, sugar and focus on a diet filled with protein, vegetables, fruits and nuts. The biggest difference is that the SCD allows some dairy and legumes and Paleo doesn’t.

No.

When we started the company, we were 100% completely SCD compliant. We then realized that there were a lot of children/young adults who were struggling with allergies, specifically egg allergies who couldn’t enjoy our food. We then replaced the egg in our recipes with organic golden flaxseed meal. This allowed us to be free of the top 14 allergens.

Elaine Gottshall (one of the founders of the SCD said the following about flaxseed):

From Elaine: “lignin is found when the whole seed (and its stiff coat) are ground up. I think it is harmful for people just starting out on SCD.  I think some bacteria feast nicely on lignin – it is tough like bark.”

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms and Caleb’s Food does not contain any ingredients that contain GMO’s. We are working on getting our GMO Free Certification.

Absolutely and we encourage it.  So much of the food that kids eat today is filled with high fructose corn syrup, sugar and preservatives.  Our goal is to make the food that kids love to eat, but make it with whole, healthy ingredients. 

When I asked Caleb what foods he missed most, he told me chicken nuggets, so we started with them first. We plan to roll out a wide variety of kids food, everything from burritos to wraps, mac n cheese to lasagba. If you have ideas for products you or your family would like, please email us at info@calebscookingcompany.com. 

Unfortunately not at the moment. We do intent to become certified organic over time. But with that said, we try to buy locally, sustainably grown products. We follow the Whole Foods guidelines and all of our chicken is antibiotic and hormone free.

Every product is different, but there are no grains, gluten, sugar, complex carbs (rice, potato) or preservatives in any of our foods. We also don’t have any of the top 14 allergens.  One promise we make is that your child will be able to pronounce every ingredient and every ingredient comes directly from the earth.

We want the kids to get involved! There are too many children out there who feel alone, like they’re the only ones with an allergy or an illness on a special diet. I believe the more we can bring them together to share their experiences and empower each other, the better. Caleb is taking lead on this and we’ve created Caleb’s Club just for kids. It’s a private club where kids can hang out, share funny videos, music etc.

Have your child join and get involved today. We are also looking for bloggers and videographers to help create content for other familis. If your child is interested, email me directly at cfrei@calebscookingcompany.com

Joining is easy. Just go to the Caleb’s Club page on the website and have your child register. Once they do, they can not only post cool content for others to see (like videos, music, images and more), but they can also see other kid’s posts, comment and like them, add friends and more. We want to create a vibrant community of children all hanging out and sharing experiences.

Fill out the Blog subscription form and you can follow all of our blogs and videos to get tips, tricks, recipes and insights from other parents and kids with allergies and illnesses with dietary restrictions.

We are posting new content all of the time on FacebookYouTube, Twitter and Pinterest. Please join our community and help spread the word that there are safe, fast, delicious options for kids with dietary restrictions.

We’re looking for children and parents interested in joining our community to write blogs, make videos, take pictures etc. to help tell the story of their journey. I believe the more we share our stories (especially the children), the more healing and empowerment will come. If you or your child would like to participate, please email me at cfrei@calebscookingcompany.com

Our products don’t contain any nuts but they are produced in a facility that also processes nuts. With that said, our allergy-trained staff takes great care to avoid contamination. We use only stainless steel tables and appliances and take all precautions possible. The only possibility would be airborne but we presently produce in a separate room under USDA inspection so there is no possibility of contamination.

We sell in over 30 retail stores on the east coast (including MOM’s Organic, YES Organic and others). Right now, we are selling in MD/DC/VA/PA but we are growing fast. We are adding new stores all of the time. We will be opening up our Amazon store soon so stay tuned!