Sunflower seeds

Posted on: Fri, 11/07/2003 - 7:45am
prayforcure's picture
Joined: 10/11/2003 - 09:00

What are other people's allergists saying about sunflower seeds? My friend's allergist says no but, I haven't talked with mine yet. My daughter is severe to peanuts and treenuts. Our school will be serving popcorn cooked in sunflower oil and I want to know before I let my daughter eat any of it.

Posted on: Fri, 11/07/2003 - 8:59am
DRobbins's picture
Joined: 07/19/2001 - 09:00

My son's allergist (Dr. Bonilla at Children's Hospital Boston) is fine with sunflower seeds (ds is PA,TNA and soy allergic)as long as there's no possibility of cross-contamination. So most sunflower seeds packaged as snacks are out, as they're often roasted in peanut oil or packaged with nutty snacks, but SunButter is fine.
We haven't had trouble with products cooked in sunflower oil, but if the company making the oil also makes peanut oil, certainly cross-contamination is a possibility. However, this is true for any cooking oil, I would think, not just sunflower.
[This message has been edited by DRobbins (edited November 07, 2003).]

Posted on: Fri, 11/07/2003 - 9:57pm
prayforcure's picture
Joined: 10/11/2003 - 09:00

Thanks Debbie. You know, I didn't think about calling the popcorn company and questioning them about the oil being cross-contaminated. You would have thought that I would have done that first since we're so programmed to call manufacturers...

Posted on: Sat, 11/08/2003 - 12:29am
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prayforcure, welcome! [img][/img] My PA son could certainly eat sunflower seeds. It's ME that's weird about them since we got the PA diagnosis. I make this one wonderful vegetarian casserole with sunflower seeds and I have not made it in over 6 years now. I started a thread under Living with PA about how I thought my attitude about seeds (sunflower, sesame, etc.) was "weird".
The only problem I have had is that I haven't been able to find any that haven't had the "may contain" warning on them, aren't in bulk, or I feel are labeled properly.
It's really not a big deal for us, not having that one casserole and knowing my son he wouldn't eat the seeds anyway, but if you can find "safe" ones, they should be okay.
Oh, and I use sunflower seeds exclusively for my bird feeders. I allow my son to fill the feeders but he has to come in and wash his hands thoroughly after doing so. I was fortunate in the town where we used to live because I bought the seeds from a farm that grew them so I knew there was no chance of cross-contamination.
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Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 11/11/2003 - 6:10am
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Joined: 07/18/2003 - 09:00

I was researching some "safe birdseed" (kind of an oxymoron!) that my son's preschool teacher could use in the classroom. I came across Red River Commodities, who are the manufacturer of SunButter.
When I spoke with the cs rep, Sara Daub (701-282-2600, ext.564) she was extremely helpful. She was telling me about SunButter, and said that there are big signs outside of the doors of the plant which say "No peanuts or tree nuts allowed in facility." So not only are they P/TN free, but they are very strict w/the employees that no p/tn enter the facility. I was impressed by that. Since they are so strict w/the SunButter ingredients, you could call to find out if they sell sunflower seeds by themselves in bags through a store.
As for the birdseed, she told me that the 50-pound bags of sunflower seeds that are sold to Lowe's have the least chance of cross-contamination as they come from a peanut-free plant (she said probably 1% chance). There may have been a 25-lb. bag too (I can't remember).
Good luck!

Posted on: Thu, 08/05/2004 - 12:25am
DRobbins's picture
Joined: 07/19/2001 - 09:00

Welcome to the board, BeccaS. I hope we don't confuse you with our other regular contributor known as Becca.
The document you read about sunflower seeds containing peanut protein is completely incorrect. Sunflower seeds do not contain peanut protein.
SunButter brand sunflower seed butter (the one from Red River Commodities) in particular is completely free of peanut protein, even in trace amounts. The manufacturer goes to notable efforts to ensure this. It is, however, a "may contain" for cross contamination with soy beans, if your child happens to be allergic to soy.
This being said, I should warn you that in general, you should be suspicious of sunflower seeds as a "safe" snack, since they certainly could be roasted in peanut oil or otherwise cross-contaminated with peanut dust if they are processed or packaged in a facility that also handles nuts or peanuts.

Posted on: Thu, 08/05/2004 - 5:37am
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Joined: 08/05/2004 - 09:00

Thanks Debbie!

Posted on: Thu, 08/05/2004 - 11:55am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

We finally found sunflower seed butter this summer and we think it's fantastic! One of my (non-PA) daughter's favorite foods is pb, but she has never liked soy butter. I like soy butter, but sunflower seed butter is much more peanutty-tasting. It is really delicious! We bought three jars of it to take back to Korea with us and sunbutter on toast is my new favorite breakfast.
Interestingly, my PA son gags if he even smells it. He doesn't even want a nibble. He seems to have a natural aversion to anything that even smells like pb.

Posted on: Mon, 05/24/2004 - 4:27am
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Joined: 04/30/2003 - 09:00

I think the issue that arises with sunflower seeds is that they are frequently processed in a plant that processes peanuts or other nuts. Sunflower seeds themselves shouldn't be a problem unless there is another allergy.
Lots of times there is a warning on the package.

Posted on: Mon, 05/24/2004 - 4:32am
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Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

[url=""][/url] sells safe sunflower seeds, and trail mix, as well as the Sunbutter.

Posted on: Mon, 05/24/2004 - 4:39am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I very recently contacted David's and was told all the sunflower seeds, kernels and pumpkin seed products are in a pn/nut free facility. The corn nuts(or some other product like that-I had not asked specif. about it) are made in a facility that processes nuts. becca


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