What is Sheanut?

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Okay, I've been dealing with this for almost 9 years and I still don't know it all!(amazing I know [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] So,tonight I am out buying goodies and I came across Cadbury's caramel egg.(not the regular cream egg). It contains no nuts or "may's" but has sheanut.I am not familiar with Sheanut. I do have to ask because I once thought cocnut was a "nut"! It's Saterday night and except for you guys I've no one to ask. I have put these treats away until I know either way if they are safe. ~Jenna

On Mar 27, 2004

This really peaked my curiousity because I have never heard of Sheanut. I looked on the anaphlaxis Canada site & saw it listed under tree nut allergy but not under what to avoid for peanut allergy alone, I don't think I would try it, but would be interested if anyone has.

Linda

On Mar 27, 2004

DunPun THANK-YOU so much! What a speedy response.Now that I have a "warning" the answer is NOPE! Not for my ds! I guess I should have mentioned that he is pa and tna! I just assume that everyone knows that! Oh,well he doesn''t know about these treats so no harn no foul.He got other assuredly safe treats. Glad to know I am not alone in my Sheanut ignorance [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] ~Jenna

On Mar 27, 2004

domesticgoddess, you bring up an interesting topic for me. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] There has been much debate on this board about whether or not a sheanut is a tree nut or if it was something like a coconut and whether or not we should be worried about it or not. Linda-Jo and I, a couple of years ago at least did some research on the net one night and came to the conclusion that it was a tree nut and something that if we were also avoiding tree nuts (with a PA only child) we would avoid. Other members did research and found out that although it was a tree nut, it was considered okay.

However, dunpun, now that you have posted what you did, then Chrikey, I have to go to the website and then post it in this thread, as well as re-raise each sheanut thread. I have always been upset about this discussion because I know the research that Linda-Jo and I did and I also know it upsets me further because cosmetic companies in particular don't always use the whole word sheanut. It will be shea butter. There is just a new product out that I saw on TV this week, I think an Oil of Olay one with shea in it and I find it irritating because I think it *should* have the nut part in the labeling if it is a nut that we have to worry about.

I'll be back with this one. If a reputable website says that we should be avoiding sheanuts because they are a tree nut, it only goes to show that Linda-Jo and I came up with the correct conclusion a couple of years ago only to have it negated by some (which is okay - I have fond memories of Linda-Jo and I doing the research [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ).

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Mar 27, 2004

dunpun, I went to [url="http://www.anaphylaxis.ca"]www.anaphylaxis.ca[/url] and I couldn't find the information saying that a sheanut is a tree nut that should be avoided for TNA individuals. I'm not saying it's not there. I'm saying I'm an idiot when it comes to navigating websites. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] Could you point me in the right direction?

domesticgoddess, until I can view that on the Anaphylaxis Canada website I will save you and everyone else from me re-raising aged threads. However, if you do do a search, you will find stuff re sheanuts here (and not saying that you shouldn't have asked or that you should have done a search first - I'm just saying I don't want to re-raise the threads until I read what dunpun read and then I'll re-raise them for sure [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ).

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Mar 28, 2004

Good morning.....I am totally clueless on how to post a link, but the info I saw was on anaphlaxis.ca under make a difference& go safe. It was under the school section, lesson plan for grade 4 which had a list of all to avoid for peanut allergy, tna, soy & milk too. Don't know if it was listed anywhere else as I stopped looking when I saw it there.

Linda

On Mar 28, 2004

dunpun, thank-you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I'll check the website again. As I say, I'm not great at navigating websites and couldn't find the information you had said that you found (I was not saying it wasn't there) and I'd really like to see that posted here because of the interesting/contradictory information that has been posted regarding sheanuts.

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Mar 28, 2004

dunpun, thank-you, you gave excellent directions for finding the link. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I went to Anaphylaxis Canada last night by going to [url="http://www.anaphylaxis.ca"]www.anaphylaxis.ca[/url] but you can also get there by going to [url="http://www.gosafe.ca"]www.gosafe.ca[/url]

The document that you spoke about, under Schools, for Grades 4 - 6 opens in Acrobat Reader and computer idiot that I am, I could not figure out how to copy and paste the information there, which under Tree Nuts, did include Shea Nuts.

However, here is the link to the Grades 4 - 6 document under Schools and hopefully people will be able to find the list and maybe even someone will be able to copy it.

Just super stuff, thank-you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

[url="http://www.safe4kids.ca/content/schools/Lesson_Plan_grades_4_6_09092002.pdf"]http://www.safe4kids.ca/content/schools/Lesson_Plan_grades_4_6_09092002.pdf[/url]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Mar 28, 2004

No, the link doesn't work because it is an Acrobat Reader PDF file (whatever that is).

Let's see if I can back track and get to the part just before it's a PDF file that you can't click on the link and then give as good as directions as you gave, dunpun.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Mar 28, 2004

Okay, let's try this:-

[url="http://www.safe4kids.ca/content/schools/schools.asp"]http://www.safe4kids.ca/content/schools/schools.asp[/url]

Then, if that works, it brings you to the School page and you scroll down to what dunpun had posted above, Grades 4 - 6. In that document, there is a list of Tree Nuts to avoid.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Mar 29, 2004

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Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream: [b]No, the link doesn't work because it is an Acrobat Reader PDF file (whatever that is).[/b]

Not to be a PITA here, but if you've got the Internet, you can open ANY .pdf file. All you need to do is go to [url="http://www.adobe.com"]www.adobe.com[/url] and download the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader. It only takes a few moments and is a program that [i]usually[/i] comes with ALL internet browser software.

Adobe .pdf files are absolutely the best way to transfer actual documents via the Internet. They are very small, very compact, capable of holding and displaying high quality graphics without taking eons to download a page, etc.

So... go download the Reader, then you can view the document (and the zillions of others you will encounter on the vast world wide web.)

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

~Melanie

On Mar 29, 2004

MeCash, I was able to open the document on my computer with Adobe Acrobat Reader, but what I couldn't do, because I'm a computer idiot, is copy and paste the particular information re tree nuts (including shea nuts on the list) into this thread. When I tried to, in Acrobat Reader, I got a hand symbol and it wouldn't let me copy and paste, if that makes sense.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Mar 29, 2004

Cindy! Good to have you back! I followed the links and read the article for myself. I then proceeded to scarf down all 4 eggs! I have once again gained my "super" mom status! (and 10 lbs!) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] O where is this Shea Nut comming from all of a sudden? I went for almost 9 years with never hearing of it.My son tested postitive for all tree nuts as well as peanuts.I don't remember there being sheanut on the list. Of course I wasn'y paying that much attention by that point since I had always avoided them all to begin with.Probably still would have if there was a negative to tree nuts. Well, once again good to have you back! ~Jenna

On Mar 29, 2004

Hi from Sydney Australia.

I'm no expert in botany but was under the impression it's a tree nut, species native to South Africa. I've noticed a lot more beauty products available in Sydney (The Body Shop stores etc) have it listed as an ingredient. It seems to be the "latest thing". Haven't seen it listed as a food ingredient though - glad about this.

If I do come across anymore info, I'll re-post.

Regards, Robyn

On Mar 29, 2004

Ryansmum: Now that you mention the body shop products I remember seeing it listed or as subtitle. Never thought about it much as my son wouldn't be using these products anyways. He has excema to top all his other allergies.(think ecxema is a prelude of things to come)just my experience though. When I've spoken to other parents who's children have asthma ea and food allergies,those children also had excema as well. I hope this sheanut doesn't become something that causes other things that are safe to be unsafe.What another pita! ~Jenna

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