Jade’s Allergy Awareness

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Most people don’t realize how serious food allergies are. I am learning that a lot of people are not aware of what could happen if my child eats, or if someone touches her with oils from a nut on their hands what would happen to her.

With being a No Nut Diet, that means all Peanuts and Tree Nuts. Tree Nuts include – Almond, Beech nut, Brazil nut, Butternut, Cashew, Chestnut, Coconut, Hazelnut, Ginko nut, Hickory nut, Lichee nut, Macadamia nut/Bush nut, Nutmeg, Pecan, Pine nut/Pinon nut, Pili nut, Pistachio, Sheanut, and Walnut

Following is a list of tree nuts and some ingredients that contain tree nuts:

  • Almond – butter, paste (marzipan), flavoring, extract
  • Brazil nut
  • Cashews – butter, flavoring, extract
  • Chestnuts (water chestnuts are OK, they’re not nuts despite their name)
  • Hazelnuts or filberts
  • Hickory nuts
  • Macadamia nuts, Queensland nuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts, pinon, pignoli
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts
  • Gianduja (chopped nuts mixed with chocolate)
  • Nu-Nuts artificial nuts
  • Nut Meal
  • Mashuga nuts (pecans)
  • Nougat
  • Nut paste
  • Nutella

Foods Commonly Containing Tree Nuts:

  • Baked Goods – breads, muffins, cakes, cookies, bars, pastries, doughnuts, frostings
  • Snack Foods – granola, granola bars, rice cakes, snack mixes, crackers, caramel corn
  • Asian Foods
  • Pesto
  • Salads
  • Candy – candy bars, brittles, chocolate, fudge, pralines, turtles, clusters

Every time Jade is exposed to the allergen, she could get worse with each reaction, which could lead to death. So, as a Mom I will read labels, and tell my family till they know everything I know by heart. I want my family to be aware, just like I am aware, and I want to be able to trust them with Jade, just as much as I trust myself. As her Mom it is my duty to be her mouth, and to tell people she is around about her allergies. I will continue to do research to not get better knowledge about food allergies, but so I can become fully aware of how real it is. Just because Jade carries an Epipen that doesn’t mean that I can rule out what makes her sick, or could possible kill her. Her Epipen is what saves her life till we get her to the nearest hospital.

Every time we pick up something, rather if it cereal, frozen stuff, ice cream, shampoo, sandwich meats, bread, etc… this is what we look for (above picture)

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