Licorice

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2001 - 6:21am
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pHas anyone with PA or any of your children with PA actually reacted to licorice? I know that licorice is considered a legume, and can potentially cross-react, but I've also heard/read that only 10% of PA's are allergic to other legumes. /p
pI was shopping with my sister-in-law...She was watching my PA 2 yr. old and my 5 yr. old niece while I tried on clothes. A store worker offered both children a piece of licorice (without asking permission) and my niece immediately said "No! He can't have that!". She didn't know anything about the licorice, only that no one feeds him without my permission. I was so proud of her(!!!) but scared that he could have had a reaction. Can anyone give me any first hand experience with licorice? I just assume I should avoid it to be safe? My son is also allergic to soybean...a legume!/p

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2001 - 6:55am
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My 4 yr. PA daughter eats red licorice "Twizzlers" all the time with no problems.(One of the few kinds of candy that she can eat)

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2001 - 7:19am
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I have reacted to REAL licorice - not anaphylactically, but definitely an allergic response.
This was to both the dutch licorice, dried licorice root and licorice jaw breakers. Now we're not talking about the red, green or any other colour 'licorice', just the black stuff with natural licorice flavouring. I'm not entirely sure about Twizzlers containing anything natural at all .
Though since I react to all legumes, I'm probably in the minority, though with your son reacting to soy as well, it's probably best to be safe.
HTH
Liz

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2001 - 8:51am
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Cayley eats "Goodies" which are black licorice coated with different coloured candy (similar, I believe, to the American "Good 'n Plenty?).
She has never reacted to a legume, so we give her all kinds of licorice - of course we check the label for nut warnings.
I read elsewhere on this board, in an older thread, that candy licorice uses artificial flavouring - the only chance for legume reaction would be to a product which uses real licorice extract (such as mentioned in the above post). Check labels for "natural" or "artificial" flavouring on the licorice - if it's natural, and your son has reacted to soy (legume) in the past, I would stay away from it. Artificial flavouring would not have the same potential for a reaction, in my opinion.

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2001 - 9:03am
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My daughter is both PA and soy allergic. I avoid all "real" licorice but she can have "twisters" the fake red licorice.

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2001 - 12:44pm
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Mjsmom, I was told never to give Christopher Black licorice because of something to do with the legume also. Not even black Jelly beans. The red is fine. He has never had any so we don't know what would happen. We learned of this when he was 1 year old. Just thought I would add what i could. claire

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2001 - 1:03pm
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MJ's Mom, my PA son has eaten Twizzlers licorice without a reaction. However, I do know when I was in the health food store and they have the natural or "real" licorice I did not purchase it (although I absolutely love it). It just seems to be something that I steer clear of although, as I say, I don't freak if he has Twizzlers. I really limit his candy eating a lot and it doesn't have to do with PA - it has to do with sugar and bouncing off the walls x 2!
Cayley's Mom - Goodies - I completely forgot about them. Love them!
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Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2001 - 1:18pm
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You definitely need to be careful with string licorice. I was in a country store in New Hampshire this past Fall and noticed peanut flour was one of the ingredients in the old fashioned string licorice.

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2001 - 1:18pm
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I am allergic to anise which is true licorice but we also eat twizzlers, the red kind.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 3:30am
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Thank you everybody for all of your responses. They were very helpful. I am still surprised that a store clerk would offer a baby (he turns two tomorrow) ANY candy without parental permission, allergy concerns aside! He's never actually had candy before, and a chewy candy can be a choking hazard as well. The information you all gave me will be helpful for the future. I'll keep an eye on what kind of licorice my older two kids bring into the house (they are 10 and 8 years old). Thanks everyone!

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 8:56am
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MJ's Mom, I've actually had store clerks offer my children candy quite often and I live in a very small town where there are maybe 10 stores in which this could happen.
Yes, I am always surprised when they do this.
And then, very often, they don't understand why I have to read the label on what they're offering my child. This has happened to me in a couple of variety stores. It also happens to me at the one grocery store in town, the baker will offer them chocolate chip cookies and I always have to double check with her re the peanuts. Now, with my kids, I think it's very often an attempt to keep them quiet so I can do whatever I have to do in the particular store and get the he** out of there.
But yes, it is surprising that people will offer your children candy, etc. without asking your permission. I think, for me, it's because we live in a small town where there probably aren't a lot of food allergies and you're supposed to feel comfortable accepting food from local people. I don't know. But, PA and food allergies aside, I absolutely hate it because I don't like my children consuming too much sugar (if they could consumer NO sugar, that would be great! LOL!) I'm always thankful that I am RIGHT there when these things are offered and I have had to decline candy because it wasn't safe or I wasn't sure of it's safety. Then you have to deal with that which I also don't appreciate. I know people are doing it in a good hearted way but they obviously don't understand the seriousness of it for some of us or even that some of us may prefer that our children not eat sugar!
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