What are Sunflower seeds considered?

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 4:01am
mandymom's picture
Joined: 09/24/2005 - 09:00

One of DS's allergies is to Sesame. We stay away from seeds like poppy, rye... But I was wondering if sunflower is in the same category. On occasion he has eaten the Lays chips that are cooked in Sunflower oil and has been fine. This is just something that I've been thinking about. Like he has eaten pumpkin, squash... but what about their seeds? Not really a serious question but just something that's buggin' me and I can't find any info on the net about it!


DS- 2yo PN, TN, Sesame, Eggs, Fish, Peas...

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 6:40am
bonestable's picture
Joined: 04/05/2005 - 09:00

I won't be much help, but we are in the same situation. DD is allergic to sesame. She has had sunflower oil but we try to avoid seeds.
I too have wondered about seeds in tomatoes, squash, grapes etc which she does eat. Somehow fruit and vegetable seeds seem safer than flower seeds, but I don't know if they really are.
Her allergist tested her for sesame, pumpkin and poppy seeds. Only sesame was positive.

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 10:09am
Gwen 5's picture
Joined: 01/24/2003 - 09:00

My dd is also allergic to Sesame- I did have her tested for seeds as well- she was mildly positive for sunflower seeds( even though she seems to tolerate foods with sunflower oil in them) I do seem to avoid foods that have ONLY sunflower oil.
Her allergist noted that the oil is sometimes tolerated but not to eat the seeds. I would not feed her SunButter though.
At some point I would like to skin test her for the seeds. It seems like a tough thing to do as they are not readily able to get the "potion" to do the skin test!
I know what you mean though, I always feel like I am in a pickle with seeds- I am not really sure if she is really allergic and to which seeds- so we just avoid!
The Sesame allergy is weird as well. Initially her RAST number was super high and over the years it has come down a bunch- she has never eaten it and has not been skin tested for it- so it feels like an unknown!
I would like to explore it more as it is one of the most difficult things to avoid I think- I am just not sure how to proceed!

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 12:04pm
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

What I found out was that my son sometimes ate Tostitos tortilla chips and a couple of times as soon as it would touch his mouth he would pull it away from his face. I asked my allergist about it and he told me it was the sunflower oil. He told me to stay away since my son actually felt something because you never know how they heat the oils if there is any protiens in it. One time it can be o.k. and other times not. If your children have tolerated Tostitos tortilla chips there may be a good chance that they are not sensitive to it. My son never reacted to pringles but I have stopped giving it to him since he is allergic to sunflower oil enough to feel it right away with his tongue.

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 12:05pm
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

My son is PA/TNA and allergic to sesame/poppy and sunflower.

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2007 - 12:09pm
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

My doctor also told us that squash was o.k. and other veggies with seeds and fruit too. I've read that some people who are allergic to sesame may be allergic to kiwi. He told me to stay away from liquorice because you never know what they use to flavor it like anise seeds. It does get confusing with all the seeds. He told me to stay away from the seeds that they use in breads. I had a list of other seeds (like fennel,anise, etc. I have to find it) too many different answers that I just stay away. Like the extract may be o.k. or the oil but not the seed or vise versa. I just can't remember it all so I stay away.

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2007 - 11:05am
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

Unfortunately, we are seeing a rise in sunflower allergy in our area including one of my daughters. I think this will be the next allergy to really hit people since so many foods have recently changed from canola or corn to sunflower.
What a shame it is in sooooooooooo many things.

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2007 - 11:55am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

Sesame is in a category/family all it's own--not related to other seeds. I am sesame allergic, but at this point I'm not worried about other seeds.
This sesame allergy of mine has only happened recently. I'm just wondering why. I can understand a peanut allergy. But sesame? I just don't get it.
I do hope that sunflower allergies stay at bay. Sunbutter is a true joy at our house (today for lunch I had a sunbutter/honey/banana sandwich, and it was heavenly).

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