Does someone in your family or one of your friends or maybe even yourself have a food allergy?
Well about a month ago our little princess, out of nowhere, developed a Tree Nut allergy which was later tested and she is most severely allergic to cashews and pistachios. Under doctor’s orders we must steer her clear of all Tree Nuts; apparently most nut manufacturing facilities handle or whatever most tree nuts in the same factory and cross-contamination is highly possible. Also, because the Tree Nuts are in the same ‘family’ it is possible that she may become sensitive to these other nuts as well!
So we transformed our home into a Tree Nut Free zone, thankfully she can still have peanuts which technically are beans and in the legume ‘family’ -neat! Now, every time we go shopping we must check out labels to make sure there are no Tree Nuts in the food product or made in the same facility with Tree Nuts or even on shared equipment as Tree Nuts -What a Challenge!
Have you read your labels recently? Tree Nuts are in almost everything, we’ve had to switch to of breads, cereals, even juice boxes because they may contain nuts. And some ‘snack or lunch box items’ items like Fig Newtons, Animal Crackers, and Raisin Bread; we just haven’t been able to find a Nut Free brand yet. The ‘go to please everybody’ restaurant including AppleBees, Red Lobster, and Pizza Hut all have multiple menus items which contain Nuts or I have spoken to their GM’s or Kitchen Managers to find out, before just going into the restaurant, if they offer any Nut Free items and their responses were ‘We can not guarantee that our food products do not have nuts’ and one pizza place even said ‘Oh you should not come here with your daughter because all of our items contain Tree Nuts!’
But the biggest disappointment was that I do a lot of baking and when I went to check my Wilton products they ALL had this warning:
‘Made in a facility that also processes Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, Egg, Milk, Soy, and Wheat Products.’
WTH!!! Between sprinkles, icing colors, and extracts- I have over 25 Wilton products that I now can not use because there may have been a cross-contamination. That really stinks.
Also, since we are now checking every label on every food product for allergens, I was surprised to find what may contain or may have traces of or what is produced in/near the same facility as my everyday items.
Take the Walmart Great Value brand, wow!
So I’ve turned into a Nut when it comes to labels! The FDA requires that manufacturers place the allergy warnings on their products; but really I’m pretty grossed out by what else may be in the food that is placed on my table for my family :/
*And thank you www.NoMoreNuts.com for letting me use your pictures!
This site has a bunch of Nut Free and Allergen Free recipes too!