[Sca-cooks] Hidden sources of food allergens
Tom.Vincent at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 19 10:39:11 PDT 2006
I thought this might be helpful/informative - Duriel:
Hidden sources of food allergens
Food allergies --- adverse reactions to food triggered by the immune
system --- are common. The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is
to avoid foods that cause signs and symptoms. If you have food
allergies, it's important to know what you're eating and drinking.
However, some food allergens may be well hidden when used as ingredients
in certain dishes, especially in restaurants and other social settings.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified eight major food
* Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashew, walnuts)
* Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder)
* Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp)
Click on the tabs to the left corresponding to the major food allergens
to see some possible sources of hidden food allergens. This is not a
complete list; ingredients and food preparation and processing change
Milk and dairy products
*Hidden sources of milk and dairy products*
* *Deli slicers.* These slicers often are used for both meats and
* *Tuna.* Some brands of canned tuna contain casein, a milk protein.
* *"Nondairy" products.* Some products claiming to be "nondairy"
actually contain milk derivatives.
* *Meat.* Some meats contain casein as a binding agent.
* *Restaurant-prepared steak.* Many restaurants add butter to their
steaks after grilling, to enhance flavor.
*Hidden sources of egg*
* *Specialty drinks.* Eggs may be used to create the foam topping on
specialty coffee drinks or in certain bar drinks.
* *Egg substitutes.* Some brands of egg substitutes contain egg whites.
* *Pasta.* Some processed cooked pastas contain egg or are processed
on equipment also used to produce egg-containing pastas.
*Hidden sources of peanuts*
* *Artificial nuts.* These products can actually be peanuts that
have been flavored as other nuts, such as walnuts or pecans. For
example, mandelonas are peanuts soaked in almond flavoring.
* *Arachis oil.* This oil is actually peanut oil.
* *Chocolate candies.* Many chocolate candies are produced on
equipment also used for processing peanuts or peanut-containing
foods. Cross-contact is common.
* *Cultural foods.* Many African, Chinese, Indonesian, Mexican, Thai
and Vietnamese dishes often contain peanuts or are exposed to
peanuts during restaurant preparation.
* *Specialty baked goods and ice cream.* Foods sold in bakeries and
ice cream shops often come in contact with peanuts.
* *Sunflower seeds.* Many brands of sunflower seeds are manufactured
on equipment also used to produce peanuts.
* *Nut butters.* Many nut butters, such as cashew nut butter, are
processed on the same equipment used to make peanut butter.
*Hidden sources of tree nuts*
* *Flavorings.* Natural and artificial flavorings may contain tree
* *Mortadella.* This type of smoked sausage, made of pork, beef,
wine and spices, may contain pistachio nuts.
* *Other foods.* Tree nuts may be used in many foods, including
barbecue sauce, cereals, crackers and ice cream.
* *Household items.* Footbags (for example, Hacky sacks) and
beanbags may be filled with crushed nut shells.
Fish or shellfish
*Hidden sources of fish or shellfish*
* *Caponata.* This Sicilian relish may contain anchovies.
* *Caesar salad.* Anchovies often are an ingredient in this type of
* *Meat sauces.* Steak sauce or Worcestershire sauce may contain
* *Imitation crabmeat.* Surimi (imitation crabmeat) contains fish.
*Hidden sources of soy*
* *Peanut butter.* Soy may be an ingredient found in peanut butter.
* *Other food products.* Soybeans and soy products often are used in
baked goods, canned tuna, cereals, crackers, infant formulas,
sauces and soups.
*Hidden sources of wheat*
* *Imitation meat and seafood products.* Wheat flour may be flavored
and shaped to look like beef, pork or shrimp, especially in Asian
* *Hot dogs.* Wheat may be found as an ingredient in some brands of
* *Ice cream.* Wheat may be an ingredient in some brands of ice cream.
* *Imitation crabmeat.* Some types of surimi (imitation crabmeat)
may contain wheat.
* *Wreaths.* Wheat products may be used to decorate wreaths and
other home decor.
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