Sunflower Seeds

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By ang153555 on Mon, 12-28-09, 20:54

Hello,

Writing to see how everyone here feels about sunflower seeds. I've eaten potato chips containing sunflower oil and always been fine. But being allergic to peanut and tree nuts for half my life has made me nervous about certain beans and seeds.. I really wanted to try the brand Enjoy Life's snack bars that have sunflower seeds but I thought I'd check to see if anyone knows.. If you can tolerate sunflower oil can you tolerate the seeds themselves? Has anyone ever had a reaction to sunflower seeds or been told to stay away from them?

Thanks.

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By BeyondAPeanut on Mon, 12-28-09, 23:37

I understand your concern. We use caution but to date have had no problems. We have used a variety of seeds and seed oils with no reactions (sunflower, pumpkin, poppy, and sesame)I would check with your physician for confirmation. Oils can be processed differently (i.e. hot or cold pressed) which can effect potency of allergens.

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By ang153555 on Tue, 12-29-09, 02:06

I have eaten poppy and sesame seeds my whole life without problems, just never sunflower or pumpkin. Thanks for the info!

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By BestAllergySites on Fri, 01-01-10, 21:46

I too understand your concern but want to stress that you should be very careful about avoiding foods without reason.

Many people who are allergic to peanuts are NOT allergic to any other legumes.

I think it's important for allergic individuals to only avoid foods they are allergic to or that have a risk of cross contamination--for health sake physically and mentally.

If you've had mild symptoms to sunflower seeds-then I would avoid. But if you've had no reactions then I would go ahead and try them. If you are really nervous--I would keep your epi pen on hand.

It's a tough and scary thing--but you also have to balance your quality of life. No one is allergic to every single thing. Trying the enjoy life products is a great idea as they will/are safe cross contamination wise.

Let us know what you decide!
Ruth

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By mamabearserenity on Tue, 01-05-10, 19:47

Some sunflower seeds are soaked in peanut oil. In addition, they may contain traces if made in a nut facility. My husband eats the David Sunflower seeds but reads each label.

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By ritpet on Sun, 03-28-10, 02:06

Sunflower seed are very popular in our area and amongst my husbands family. We plan to keep our PA daughter away from them since the varies in our area say on them 'may contain traces of peanut'. Make sure you read the labels.

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By smaug20000 on Wed, 06-23-10, 18:11

You could get allergy tested to see if you react in a blood test or do a challenge at the drs office as well. And I also agree about reading the labels.

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By Krsavitza2 on Fri, 02-11-11, 23:31

There is a brand at Walgreens called Deerfield Farms that states on the back that it is produced in a peanut-free environment. The ingredients are sunflower seeds, sunflower oil, salt. They have them as kernels, and in shell.

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