Sheanuts

Posted on: Mon, 01/22/2001 - 2:02pm
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pThis food product was brought to my attention by another PA parent tonight. I did a quick WebFerret search to see what the heck it was.br /
It turns out that it is a tree nut./p
pSheanut oil was in a candy or chocolate bar purchased in North America (not clear if Canada or the U.S., but I think America)./p
pI did look at a couple of websites that described the tree nut and it's uses - you can make butter with it and it's used in cosmetics, etc./p
pIf anyone does have a child or themselves that are tree nut allergic also, you may want to check this nut out. I don't think it would be common practice for an allergist to test for sheanuts - 99.9% of the population probably still does not know that they exist and who knows if our TNA children would react?/p
pI just wanted everyone to know that there was another nut out there. From the websites I looked at, it appears that growing of and useage of the nuts and seeds of the shea tree are growing and it is economically viable in whatever countries they are grown in./p
pI would also like to thank the other parent that mentioned this to me because I never would have known about this./p
pBest wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p
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Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2001 - 4:24am
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Cindy, thank you for getting this message out to all. I contacted FAAN and they're response was: "Sheanut oil comes from a nut. However, there is no documentation of the sheanut ever having caused an allergic reaction."
Thank God my daughter is fine--no reactions. She ate a candy that had 'sheanut oil' in it that I didn't catch until after she popped it in her mouth. I was a nervous wreck all night monitoring her. Boy, it sure was an 'eye-opener' for me! You never can be 'lax' with this allergy (not that I am--it just happened). Thanks again!

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2001 - 4:30am
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Linda-Jo, I'm wondering if FAAN doesn't have any documentation re reactions to sheanuts because they haven't become prevalent here yet. Hasn't someone on this board said that it is possible to be allergic to anything?
What I did find interesting about the websites I visited was how they were trying to increase growth and productivity of the sheanut to help the economies of the countries they are grown in. I'm wondering if it might not be something we see quite a bit more often in say ten years. And then, another few years before documentation of reactions starts happening.
This is, however, not meant to negate the information you received from FAAN.
I am SO pleased to hear that your daughter is okay. I don't know, I think I'll probably just stick with the rule that if I see "nut" in the word somewhere I probably won't buy it. That may not make sense to most, but I know I'd feel more comfortable!
Again, I do not mean to negate, in any way, what FAAN told you.
And again, I'm glad your daughter is okay.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2001 - 8:50am
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I have a jar of hand cream that is made with sheanut butter. I really liked it, but I have not used it since Patricia had her first PA reaction. The woman who sold me the cream said that sheanuts are grown in the rainforests of either Africa or South America (I don't remember which).
Amy

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2001 - 12:18pm
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I know that a few months ago my husband purchased a bag of Reison (sp?) candy's and they list either Sheanut or Sheanut oil. I never gave it to my son because I was not 100% sure what it was and then I decided to post it here on the board and when I went to get the bag of candy it was gone. I forgot about it after that until I read this post.

Posted on: Sat, 02/03/2001 - 7:42pm
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I just found this interesting tonight. I got my little Yves Rocher mail-order catalogue for cosmetics, etc. to-day in the mail. Anyway, one of their NEW products is a body wash/lotion that is made with "African Shea Butter".
Now, I have posted about Yves Rocher under Manufacturers and if you do order from them the CSR will be able to provide you with a list of ingredients because quite a few of their products do have some kind of nut oil in them. Obviously, the ones I do, don't.
But, this is the first time I've seen it advertised anywhere.
I truly believe as we see the increase of it's useage and sale in North America, we will see allergic reactions. It only makes sense.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2001 - 5:55am
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Cindy,
Thanks so much for letting us all know about sheanuts. I'm glad to know (through FAAN) that no one has yet reacted to a sheanut. But, I agree with you that it is only a matter of time. As a matter of fact, how do we know that no one has reacted? I'm sure that not everyone reports every reaction to their doctor(s), and surely not all doctors report their patients' reactions to FAAN. Anyway, what could be the most disturbing is that it was listed as "...shea butter". I know to stay away from anything that says "nut", but probably wouldn't have thought much about "shea butter". Thanks again for being on your toes! Miriam

Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2001 - 6:45am
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California Mom, it wasn't actually me being on my toes. Another PA parent had brought this to my attention and I did a very quick bit of research (I do mean quick!). It's only because of the other parent, Linda-Jo, above, that I even knew there was such a thing as a sheanut and have now started to look out for it too!
And you know what, I'm starting to get really overwhelmed with all of the stuff we have to look out for!
You're right, shea butter would have sounded okay. Again, as with food manufacturers, cosmetic makers also aren't required legally to label their products properly. I'm not even clear if you called Yves Rocher if they would be able to tell you what African Shea Butter was - if they would be able to trace it back to coming from the SHEANUT and I also find this disturbing.
However.....
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2001 - 9:45pm
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OOPS! Sorry, I accidentally started a new thread on this subject (hey, it's early and I haven't had any coffee!!!!), so I am posting it back here, where it should have been in the first place (sorry, Cindy!!):
I e-mailed this info to Cindy, she made me come back and post it!! Sheanut oil is highly prevalent in many candies, food products and soaps, lotions, etc. in the USA. (i.e., Cadbury Caramel eggs at Easter time). The shea tree is indigenous to Africa, and sheanut is definitely a tree nut. I have never come in contact with it, but I avoid all tree nuts since I do not wish to go into anaphylactic shock. I know that the shea tree is also used to make "shea butter" but I have no earthly idea what that is, except yet another thing to avoid. I hope someone finds this information useful. Take care everyone!
-- Julie

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2001 - 1:36pm
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Julie, I just MADE you do it, did I?
You had a wealth of really important information to share! Why have me post it and get further undeserved credit! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 02/11/2001 - 3:04am
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I found this info on the beauty web site, [url="http://www.worldwidebeautystore.com"]www.worldwidebeautystore.com[/url]
Shea Butter: A natural lipid obtained from the fruit of the karite tree, butyrosperum parkii. The slightly greenish butter with soothing protecting qualities is said to have some sunscreening ability.

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