PA,soy,dairy allergy-need help please

Posted on: Mon, 05/12/2003 - 12:34pm
wendysco's picture
Joined: 05/03/2003 - 09:00

I need to know if anyone can recommend a rice milk that is safe and a "margarine" type product.We have been using Westbrae but after calling found out it's a shared facility, and now that he's diagnosed we think we've had at least one contaminated carton (DS vomiting) so I no longer feel safe using it. Also his bloodwork showed a significant milk allergy so I need to get rid of the organic butter I've been using in place of shortenings for baking. Just found out that the canola oil I've been using is run on a peanut oil line so I'm hesitant to purchase a canola oil margarine without input. Have left many voicemail messages at places with no return calls,and I need to find some decent brands by the end of the week so the health food store can order it for me.It's over an hour drive to this place so we try to coincide it with DS many doctor visits.

Posted on: Mon, 05/12/2003 - 1:07pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I'd check on the refrigerated cartons of Rice Dream -- I'm quite comfortable with them from the PA aspect, but I'm not sure if there is a possibility of cross-contamination with Soy Dream or not. As far as the margarine goes...I'm not aware of a "healthy" product that meets all three needs, but you might check on Fleischman's margarine. I believe it's a corn oil product.
If you have access to a Wild Oats store, we have used their store brand canola oil for quite some time. I have called on it multiple times, and been reassured each time.
Spectrum does have a solid (non-hydrogenated) shortening product that you might want to check out as well -- it's 100% palm oil. Interesting stuff.

Posted on: Mon, 05/12/2003 - 9:20pm
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

When I had to make the same restrictions, we used Olivina [url=""][/url] However our restrictions were not entirely strict, we were allowed "May Contains", so I didn't check if there are cross-contamination with this product. However, it's not soy nor milk nor canola based, which I really liked about it.
Hmm, it may have canola, I am no longer certain. We're back to actual butter now, so I can't double check.

Posted on: Mon, 05/12/2003 - 9:44pm
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Well, I did have some in my fridge so I checked the ingredients. I guess it's not for you either. We had no problems with it but our soy and milk allergies are mild.
Canola Oil and Extra Light Flavoured Olive Oil 73%
Liquid Whey (a milk thing [img][/img] ) 17.8%
Modified Palm and Palm Kernel Oil 7.0%
Salt 1.7%
Vegetable Monoglycerides 0.2%
Soya Lecithin 0.2% ( you may be able to tolerate this, and you may not)
Potassium Sorbate 0.1%
Artificial Flavour
Beta Carotene
Vitamin A
Vitamin D3
[This message has been edited by darthcleo (edited May 13, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2003 - 12:45am
nancy023's picture
Joined: 12/12/2002 - 09:00

We use Rice Dream rice milk and Feischman's unsalted margarine for my PA and milk allergic son. I have never called about cross contamination.

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2003 - 2:10am
nopeanuts's picture
Joined: 06/20/2001 - 09:00

We use the refrigerated Rice Dream. The shelf-stable kind is made on the same line as a nut product (but washed in between). I have not checked on soy cross-contamination with them, though. We use Fleichmann's unsalted margarine. It has soy lecitin in it, but was told that soy allergic people can typically tolerate that and soy oil (check on this for your son/daughter, though). We use crisco canola oil. They have told me that they have dedicated lines.

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2003 - 2:16am
Annshel's picture
Joined: 05/30/2002 - 09:00

My DS is anaphylactic to cow's milk. Very scarey reaction!! He is as well to peanuts and egg white and severely allergic to wheat and gluten. He used to be very allergic to soy as a baby (hives as big as loonies) but has out grown it now. He can drink goat's milk without any problem at all. He loves it and it is very nutrious. I make ice cream for him as a treat. Goat's milk has more vitamins A, C, and D, more potassium, more calcium and less cholesterol than cow's milk. It is apparently the most like human milk...this may be an option for you.

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2003 - 2:42am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

When we were working with the same restrictions, we used Rice Dream as well... and since we had trouble with soy lecithins, we eliminated ALL margarine and butter. We frankly never even found a shortening we felt good about using.
We use olive oil for cooking and dipping bread in (it is really quite good with some herbs infused in) and for spreading on toast/crackers, we used fruit products like apple butter. (And no, it isn't dairy at all- its a bit like carmelized applesauce... pear butter is marvelous and has a bit of a buttery taste to it - hard to explain, but it IS good.)
(Best wishes- the good news is that we only had to do this for about a year before soy and wheat were much better tolerated- and now we can use diary in moderation as well, though it sounds like your problem may be more serious with it)

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2003 - 3:35am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

I just remembered that instead of vegetable shortening, I used tallow (sorry, I checked the net for the English word, I hope it's a good translation!!!) it's basically animal fat. If you can get it from an organic farm, that's your best bet. I didn't find that it changed the taste of cakes or bread.
Just inquire what animals are fed, because some organic farms will feed them organic soy. The soy protein *can* be found in the fat.

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2003 - 7:17am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Yes! THAT was what I was forgetting! I think you can usually find this in most North American grocery stores as "LARD" or in Mexican specialty grocers as "Manteca" and it is basically purified suet/tallow.
What a great idea! I can't understand how I forgot about that. (We used to use this for baking when a lighter fat such as an oil just wouldn't do... like in frostings and certain cookies.)

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2003 - 12:36pm
wendysco's picture
Joined: 05/03/2003 - 09:00

Thank you all for your ideas. I am still trying to find a safe shelf stable rice milk as we live an hour plus away from the only health food store that seems to be able to accomodate our special kids. I have tried goat's milk in the past and ds got a rash, but maybe I will try it again as he used to have a lot of rashes and now he's completely clear so a reaction should be easier to spot. It would be a nice if he could tolerate some homemade goat's milk ice cream, that even sounds kind of good to me.


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