Newbie~afraid to shop for food.

Posted on: Sun, 12/14/2003 - 10:19am
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Hi, I'm Cindy. Mom to Sariah (16month) who also has a PA. We just found out thurs. after a trip to the ER the previous friday & a trip to the pedi the monday after. I'm confused because the paper the specialist gave me says that "hydrolyzed plant protein" & "hydrolyzed vegetable protein" both may indicate the presence of peanut proteins! BUT, I don't know what they are? And if a package says: hydrolyzed soy & corn protein ....then is that what it is talking about??? Also, is "hydrogenated" the same as "hydrolyzed"? Sorry, a little paranoid now I think. Any help would be wonderful!
Hugs~Cindy

Posted on: Sun, 12/14/2003 - 11:29am
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The terms you are describing appear on packaging for manufactured foods.
Manufactured foods are risky due to hidden peanut protein reflected by the terms (hydrolyzed plant protein/vegetable protein) you described but also the possibility of cross contamination from products with peanuts using the same manufacturing lines.
American manufacturers do a lousy labeling job and you can not trust most of the labels.
I am a PA adult and I eat very few manufactured foods..especially the ones with the verbage you described or ones that have ingredient labels that go on and on and on.
Most of the manufactured food has little nutritional value and gobs of sodium...not good.
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Posted on: Sun, 12/14/2003 - 12:47pm
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Hi Cindy
I am in Canada, so the food I buy may be better labelled than in the US. My take on it is that they are specifying corn and soy as the source so you know the plant protein is NOT peanut-based. However, you should probably phone the companies whose food you have questions about just to be certain.
Good luck,
Sarah

Posted on: Mon, 12/15/2003 - 3:34am
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Hi Mom2Sariah,
Other than to repeat Sarah's advice to call companies, I don't really have anything to offer, but I wanted to say, it's nice to hear that a doctor is giving information that goes beyond "don't eat peanuts".
Write down any questions you have to take to the doctor's office as well. There's nothing worse than remembering the important question right after you leave.
Have you been referred to an allergist?

Posted on: Tue, 12/16/2003 - 2:58am
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"Hydrogenated" is a term that's been in the news lately. If you see hydrogenated something oil or partially hydrogenated something oil it means that they take liquid oil and infuse it with enough hydrogen to make it thick and shelf stable. It has now become a trans-fat, which is supposed to be worse for your arteries than butter or lard. It's not the same as hydrolized plant protein.
Peanut oil itself is expensive, and I've never seen it on an ingredient list of a commercial product such as crackers or cookies. So it wouldn't likely be hydrogenated.
The plant protein ingredient could be anything at all. Could be peanut protein, maybe not. I haven't seen very many products with this ingredient either. But when I did, I didn't buy it.
Also watch out for "natural flavorings." We still haven't figured out what the heck that means. It's usually the last ingredient on the package, (unless you get a peanut warning) so it's probably a miniscule amount, but it's not worth taking the chance on that one either.

Posted on: Tue, 12/16/2003 - 1:54pm
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I was overwhelmed too when it came to food shopping as I think we all have been at some time.
I don't want to gross you out but I read somewhere that hydrolized refers to what they do with the scum that rises to the top when they are boiling the veggies or whatever the source of protein is. You can do a Google search on Hydrolized vegetable/or plant protein so you can get a better definition. My advice is to search for definitions of terms that you see on labels. Do searches on foods that you want to know about at this site. If you see something you like you can always contact the company to double check. That's what I do. I now cook more from scratch than I ever did. We eat better quality foods this way. Eventually you will find some commercially made products that you will feel comfortable about using for times when you can't cook. We found out that our daughter was PA when she was 2. She is now 6 and I am just starting to feel like I'm getting the hang of dealing with it. This site is a great source of info and support.
Good luck and best wishes to you!

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