Anxiety over possible reaction
I've seen a few topics about this but they were a few years old so I started a new one..
I'm 23 years old and have had my severe peanut allergy since '97 when I touched a peanut butter ball dessert to my lips and tongue and it swelled like crazy (thankfully I really didn't swallow it). Since then I've become a lot more informed and have stopped eating in restaurants (I can't believe I used to eat at places like Friendly's and Ralph's Ices and just ask them to wash the spoon..) Thankfully I've never had a reaction since that first one. But lately I've been seeing people and companies that are just so ignorant when it comes to life-threatening allergies and it's leaving me with such anxiety. Who knew that Sensodyne toothpaste contained peanut oil derivatives? (Now I'm feeling like I need to be extra careful at dental exams..) I worry about which companies tell the truth on their labels and which don't..Like I just saw that the Fleishmann's unsalted margarine I use added flaxseed oil to it's ingredients (I'm lactose intolerant too) and all I keep thinking is Well, where does this flaxseed oil come from? Do the manufacturers of that practice safe practices? I'm scared to try new foods like other types of beans (I can handle peas, green beans, and cannelini beans fine, but does that mean other legumes are okay? I'm not a big fan of meat so I'd love to try some if I wasn't so freaked out.) I'm sure a lot of you feel this way..Lately I just feel like it's so hard to trust food/drug/beauty product companies when it comes to sever allergies. Do you all contact companies to double-check always or do you go with what the labels say? How do you deal with anxiety related to food allergies?