Carob? for chocolate?

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/1999 - 12:49pm
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Hi, I did a search and couldn't find anything about this on here...I know this is mostly for peanut allergies but I have read about alot of children with multiple allergies. Does anyone know if a child who is allergic to chocolate can have carob?

My son's test did not show a chocolate allergy but lately he has been reacting severely to it. The pediatrician told me to go by his reaction to the foods not just the tests. Of course, as with peanut butter, this is one of Brady's favorites and now I have to cut it out completely too. So I was looking for a substitute. Thanks for any info you can give me!!!

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/1999 - 1:14pm
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I believe carob is a legume too. I wouldn't risk it.
Liz

Posted on: Mon, 11/29/1999 - 10:13pm
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I looked it up in a botanical encyclopedia. Carob is definitely a legume. I also wouldn't risk it. My son has never had chocolate, we have multiple allergies as well as peanut. You figure out other treats as you go along.

Posted on: Mon, 11/29/1999 - 10:41pm
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For your reference, the following link is to a site in South Africa that is very informative. There are literally hundreds of links to associations and companies all over the World. Of particular interest to me was in the "database" section where you can type in any name of virtually any product, plant etc, and get possible cross reaction info, clinical reaction stats, related substances etc. If you go there now and type in "carob", for instance, you will see a very good definition of it along with possible reactivity issues to be concerned with. Here is the link: [url="http://www.allallergy.net"]http://www.allallergy.net[/url]
Take care,
Mark

Posted on: Mon, 11/29/1999 - 11:01pm
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Thank you all for the information!!! Guess it's time to find Brady a new treat :-) He is being very good-natured about no chocolate(3 older siblings with no problems with it) so it shouldn't be too hard.
Have a great day!
Carrieann

Posted on: Fri, 12/03/1999 - 12:49am
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here is another brilliant question for all you experienced PA moms, Is cocoa powder safe so we can make chocolate milk?? I'm afraid to give my son anything still!!
I wasn't sure if cocoa is any part of the nut family!
Thanks

Posted on: Fri, 12/03/1999 - 11:40pm
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LIke other processed products, you need to check with the manufacturer on their processes. What other products do they make in the facility? Is it packaged by them (the manufacturer)or sent to a contract packager who might use nut products in their processes somewhere and create a potential hazard. Cocoa powder is made from grinding the cocoa bean and,in its pure state, would not contain nuts. The problem is in the processing and packaging where cross contamination might occur if nuts are in the same facility. As always, call manufacturers and be comfortable with the answers that you recieve. It is also a good idea to periodically check back with them to assure that nothing has changed.
Stay safe,
Mark

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