PA daughter loves almonds - where to buy safe ones?

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2004 - 10:21am
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I should have known this, but my dd's allergist pointed out to me that even though she's not allergic to any tree nuts, she should avoid all nuts due to peanut cross-contamination issues. She's very upset because she loves almonds (particularly "Almond Joy"). The allergist mentioned that another parent was able to get almonds from a safe source. Other than shelling fresh almonds myself, does anyone have any ideas where I might get "safe" almonds (if such a place even exists)?

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2004 - 11:28am
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Just be careful with this. I found out my dd was pa at age 3..after eating many PB & J sandwiches. So i got her almond butter to replace the PB for her sandwiches. She loved it, it was her favorite. Until about a year later, then the reactions started. Suddenly...and i mean overnight she became airborne reactive to anything almond!
At the time i knew nothing about peanut allergies, or that peanut and tree nut alleriges very common together or i never would have given her the almond butter. Now, i use sunflower seed butter, and i make it myself.
Nancy

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2004 - 2:07pm
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Another problem I have heard of with pa kids eating tree nuts (and also tna *only* kids eating peanuts) is that there can be confusion about which type of nut is actually in a product. So, a kid could eat something that they think is safe and then it turns out that a mistake was made as to which type of nut it actually was. (Hope I am making sense.)
I'm sorry I'm not addressing the issue of where to buy *safe* almonds. I think it is safest for your daughter to learn to avoid all nuts. Of course, maybe it is easier for me to say this since my dd is tna as well as pa. I am sure it must be almost heartbreaking to take away your dd's favorite candy when she is already limited by her pa.
Good luck,
Miriam

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2004 - 2:53pm
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My son eats Diamond almonds and has had no problems--we sure hope this continues. We have also let him have Almond Joy and products with almonds, like some cereals with good labeling. He also eats walnuts--but these are shelled by his grandparents from their own trees. He is in the top RAST category for his PA but to date has never had an anaphylactic reaction (9 yrs old). I know many PA folks stay away from TN, but so far it is part of our comfort zone. The 3 issues are, (1) cross-contamination--we try to get safe sources; (2) confusion among other people regarding what is safe--in general he does not eat TN among other people--it is mostly at home and with his grandparents. He stays away from TN in other settings; (3) possibility of developing TNA--I know there are anecdotal reports of PA people developing TNA, but I have not been convinced by research showing that it TNA is more likely to be developed by people with PA. I have seen research that people with PA are more likely to have TNA, but not that, if they don't have TNA, they are more likely to develop it. Regarding people who have RAST tested positive for both PA and TNA but have had reactions only to PA, I did read that because of the similar antibodies, people with one type of allergy are likely to have a false positive to related foods. I wish I could point to websites with the research but I am not that organized right now. I admit to being confused about just how closely related peanuts and tree nuts really are.
Anyway, I know we differ from others on this issue. We want our child to be safe, just like all other parents visiting this site.

Posted on: Fri, 07/23/2004 - 1:35am
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Wow, I'm trying to remember if the TNA child in my son's class two years ago ate peanut products or not. Thinking back, but not knowing for sure, he probably did.
I would definitely say that this is a comfort zone thing.
My son is PA only but I don't let him eat tree nuts or anything that says "may contain tree nuts".
The chances of a "may contain tree nuts" being cross contaminated with a peanut product, pretty slim I believe, but I avoid them regardless. It was Multi-Grain Cheerios and I'm fairly sure that they said "may contain trace almonds". 6 years ago. I swear both children had redness around their mouths. I called the manufacturer and they told me that there was no way they were PA contaminated, but this was when all tree nuts were gone from the house (even "may contains").
Having said that, I don't avoid other legumes like a great many members here do and yet we're seeing studies that there is a co-relation between developing allergies to other legumes if you're PA.
Last year we lived in a house with a walnut (butternut?) tree in the backyard. I did let my PA son try the walnut since it couldn't get contaminated falling from a tree.
Does the Almond Joy bar say anything about peanuts on it at all (i.e., "may contain", "made in")?
The thing that does concern me and it was recently posted on the board (*should* be in ajas_folks' thread re Unusual or Unexpected Sources) is that often peanuts are used to make other nut products. So, they're actually formed, etc. to make almond products, etc. Sounds strange, I know, but they find so many things to do with these damned things.
So, aside from being extremely careful about what almond products your child can eat, is there not the possibility that one day she's going to think she has an almond product when it's actually a peanut product?
Of course, now I see another question [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
I don't let my PA son eat tree nuts (or my non-PA daughter, although that is "under consideration" for her) but I do let him eat legumes, soy (realize it's a legume), etc., so I don't know, it's a hard call.
Also, when he was first diagnosed and we knew NOTHING (and I do mean NOTHING) about PA, Jess did continue to eat tree nuts and sunflower seeds, as did our whole family. It was only after his first anaphylactic reaction that tree nuts went (and then only *real* tree nuts - the "may contains" went a couple of months later).
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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