Accidentally ate almond flour.....NO REACTION!

Posted on: Tue, 11/09/2004 - 7:29am
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What do you think about this?!? My son is severe peanut allergic, so we also tested w/the caprast - cashews, almonds, and walnuts. Cashew he is a level 4, and almond a 3 , I believe. We (try to) avoid all nuts.

Well, today we are at the supermarket and my son is having a melt-down in the cereal aisle, so I bought him a box of cocoa-puff cereal bars, and he devours one, and starts on the 2nd. Well I am looking at the box and one of the last ingredients is almond flour!! (I know I should have looked before he ate it, but he loves regular cocoa puffs and I know he has had these bars before w/no problem).I gave him a dose of benadryl as a precaution. but he's fine! I don't know what to make of it......

Posted on: Tue, 11/09/2004 - 7:37am
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It is quite possible that there was no "almond" in this product.
Manufacturers often add the ingredient "almond flour", "peanut flour" etc to an ingredient listing if the product is made on a shared processing line. For example:
Some Nabisco cookies say 'peanut flour' since they are made on the same line as peanut oreos
Some Kelloggs mini granola bars say 'almond flour' since they are made on the same processing line as almond bars
So the "almond flour" ingredient has the same meaning as 'may contain traces of almonds'

Posted on: Tue, 11/09/2004 - 7:57am
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Well, Chrikey, erik, you've just confused the he** out of me.
Not really, but I thought if something said ALMOND FLOUR than the flour was made from almonds. Didn't know it was a "made in" or "may contain" situation.
Good God Almighty, how much more confused can I get?
BTW, do we have popcorn tonight? I have two *good* shows to watch with the return of Jimmy Smits on NYPD Blue tonight (only to show up fresh on The West Wing tomorrow night).
Wait, no, it would be my turn. Do you want chips instead? Or nachos? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 11/09/2004 - 2:45pm
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I'm with Erik on this one. I think that the product probably did not actually contain any almond flour. Although, as Cindy said: the terminology certainly makes it sound as though it does.
It dawned on me at one point: why would the last ingredient in a product be a nut flour? It makes no sense. I think it is a possibility of cross contamination and this is how certain companies choose to make consumers aware of the possibility.
I have tried to get a straight answer from companies in the past, and have totally given up.
I am glad your son is O.K.!
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 11/09/2004 - 11:43pm
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Something similiar recently happened to my son w/ a chicken nugget. He took a bite of one and he is SEVERLY allergic to chicken. He had absolutely no reaction. I sort of chalked it up to maybe there isn't really chicken in chicken mcnuggets. He was tested shortly after and is still a 3+ to chicken and a 4+ to Turkey.

Posted on: Wed, 11/10/2004 - 1:11am
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Quote:Originally posted by robinlp:
[b]Something similiar recently happened to my son w/ a chicken nugget. He took a bite of one and he is SEVERLY allergic to chicken. He had absolutely no reaction. I sort of chalked it up to maybe there isn't really chicken in chicken mcnuggets. He was tested shortly after and is still a 3+ to chicken and a 4+ to Turkey. [/b]
I would think this is NOT the same as the 'almond flour' example... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
You may heard HEARD the rumour about McD's shakes not containing dairy (but potato).. But you were 10 then, and didn't care...
I am SURE there is SOME chicken in the nugget [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I am NOT sure there is almond flour in the granola bars... I too have heard they put it on there (just like peanut flour) -- CYA if you will... Its the same as an allergen statement for THEM (for now).
Would i give it to them again? No.
Would I give my chicken allergic child a chicken nugget? No.
Would I challenge my child on chicken, if he WAS allergic to chicken, ate a whole chicken nugget, and showed no reaction? YES.
GOOD LUCK!
Jason
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Posted on: Wed, 11/10/2004 - 1:45am
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This is new to me also. I never knew that "peanut flour" is the same as "may contain peanuts". I have only seen it on a couple of things, but I thought it was an actual ingredient. This is really confusing.

Posted on: Wed, 11/10/2004 - 3:28am
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Ok , now I am wondering. I have always noticed the last ingredient on Count Chocula cereal was peanut flour , and have wondered why it was in there. So , maybe its not? I won't test that theory [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ...BUt now I'm curious....

Posted on: Wed, 11/10/2004 - 4:30am
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Quote:Originally posted by nicolimom:
[b]Ok , now I am wondering. I have always noticed the last ingredient on Count Chocula cereal was peanut flour , and have wondered why it was in there. So , maybe its not? I won't test that theory [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ...BUt now I'm curious....[/b]
Calling and asking would be the way to go..
Could be that there IS no peanut flour in it...
But maybe its run AFTER the XYZ cereal (that contains peanut/peanut butter/peanut flour). And maybe they clean the machines, or maybe they don't... maybe its sanitized, yada yada yada...
Jason
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Posted on: Wed, 11/10/2004 - 4:56am
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Quote:Originally posted by jtolpin:
[b] Could be that there IS no peanut flour in it...
But maybe its run AFTER the XYZ cereal (that contains peanut/peanut butter/peanut flour). [/b]
I think that's it. And due to this, there is a risk that the cereal may contain traces of peanuts

Posted on: Wed, 11/10/2004 - 5:22am
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Quote:Originally posted by erik:
[b] I think that's it. And due to this, there is a risk that the cereal may contain traces of peanuts
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And some of us think that THIS product could be safe. could, would, should...
We bought a box of Glutano bread the other day (WF). They had 2, one had may contain nuts, the other did not.. We've done the latter (No nuts) safely before...
Caitlin got red/didn't like this other one (with may contains...). I gotta return it.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] -- Doesnt meant there WERE nuts in it. could be, for us, anything that shes allergic to.. Could I THINK it has nut-xcontam? No. I dont think like that. I dont want to.. I want a drink [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Jason
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