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just a complaint - kinda long!
I haven't posted in a while. Since first joining this group, I've learned that my problem is ALL legumes. Not just peanuts.
Today, I'm just writing because I got angry after reading the "Oreo" thread. WHY do food manufacturers have to stick weird stuff in food? When I make food, I don't stick an assortment of oils in it. I have a delicious fudge recipe from my grandmother and it tastes WONDERFUL, even without soy lecithin. I can make thick soups just fine without guar (another legume; who would have thought?).
I thought I was fairly well-educated about the sneaky ways that foods are described. Alas, I don't know everything. After getting sick last week, I learned that mono-diglyceride is a soy derivative. Of course, there's no soy warning on the label because even food allergy people say that it's only the soy proteins that cause problems, so derivatives are fine. Whatever!
And in the end, I guess the problem IS mine. There are tons of e-mail lists and chatgroups for parents of allergic kids. Not so for adults who are new to this world. It makes me feel even more so the odd one out!
Just in case I seem like a complete whiner, I'll end on a happy note. When I can remain legume-free, I feel more healthy and happy than I've felt in years. Since I have this more or less under control, we're thinking of having another baby and I am looking forward to a more energetic pregnancy than I've ever had (health care professionals always chalking up my sleepiness and inability to gain weight to not eating enough -- and encouraging more things like nuts and beans!) So, the future is good now that I have a diagnosis. But that doesn't negate the fact that we live in a world where people put odd additives into food that just don't need to be there!
Thanks for listening,
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