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was just wondering......are sunflowers seeds still bad to give not saying with the shells.....but like already shelled, is that as much of an allergen like tree nuts and peanuts????


Asked by AmandaN1 at 7:21 PM on Sep. 11, 2009 in Health

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  • Are Sunflower, Pumpkin, and Sesame Seeds Acceptable for a Tree Nut-Free Diet?
    Yes, None of these seeds are tree nuts and, in fact, they are all commonly used in cooking as substitutes for tree nuts and peanuts because they provide a lot of nutritional value and are somewhat similar in taste.

    Both sunflower and pumpkin are rare allergens, with few cases reported worldwide. However, do be aware that sesame seeds are considered potent allergens. Sesame allergy is among the more common allergies in countries such as Israel and Australia where consumption of sesame-containing foods (like tahini paste) is high, and it's considered one of the nine major allergens by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Your allergist is the best source for advice on whether sesame seeds are an appropriate part of a diet for a child who has been diagnosed with other food allergies.

    Answer by JoyandLove at 7:58 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • I am not aware of sunflower seeds being a common allergen. You do need to be aware of the choking hazard though, depending on the age of the child.

    Answer by kjrn79 at 7:32 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • Yes. I have a friend with a very severe and deadly sunflower allergy.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 7:40 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

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