Post # 1
My SO has a nut allergy, and ever since he told me this, I’ve been paranoid about eating the wrong thing and causing him to have a reaction. I read labels and menus like a fiend and won’t even touch anything that might have a chance of having nuts in it.
I was at Dairy Queen and ordered a Strawberry CheeseQuake and they assured me it was just strawberries, vanilla ice cream and cheesecake pieces that have a graham cracker crust. I thanked them for checking and ate about half of it. Morbid curiousity got the best of me and I googled the ingredients. At the very bottom of the cheesecake piece ingredients, it said “May contain peanuts and tree nuts.”
I’m going to brush my teeth and mouthwash before I see him, but I’m still freaking out a little. Am I overreacting?
Post # 3
Basically anything made in a kitchen or factory that uses nuts in any of their food will carry that warning now (so that on the very very small chance of cross-contamination, they can’t be sued). Ask your SO how allergic he is; frankly you’re probably fine eating things labeled that way and just brushing your teeth. As someone with a nut allergy I avoid things with nuts, and avoid eating in restaurants that cook anything with peanut oil as it may be on their pans, but I eat things with the “may contain” warnings because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to touch a good third of the prepackaged food out there.
Post # 4
The Strawberry Cheesequake itself may not contain any nuts, but manufacturers add this disclaimer to reduce their liability. They are unable to control cross contamination either in the plant, the warehouse or the retail sites.
I’m not saying this would be safe for your SO.
Post # 5
Yes, crazy ass people give me hives.
As far as peanuts, them fuckers are delicious.
Post # 6
my husband does. he went into anaphylactic shock once and almost died while we were dating. It is really serious we do not have ANYTHING that has to do with any nut in the house and you really do have to be careful when going out. When he went to the ICU a person made coffee cake and told us there were no nuts. One tiny bite and he was in the ICU for 4 days. make sure he carries an spi pen at all times.
Post # 7
I went through and re-read all the ingredients, and none of them were even remotely nut related. I’m guessing in this case the “may contain” warning means the cheesecake is manufactured in the same place as other products that contain nuts, and the fact that they use the blizzard machine to mix all different kind of blizzards, including ones that have nuts. I also went through and read all the labels for the blizzards that definitely have nuts in them (it says nut right in the title) and those clearly say “Contains nuts”.
I’m feeling a little better now.
Post # 8
My Fiance is anaphylactic to peanuts and tree nuts. We started dating in high school so it is pretty much ingrained in me not to eat these anymore, which is hard because I used to have peanut butter and toast every morning for breakfast!! While we were dating, I would still eat these things if I knew there was a 24 hour period where I would not see him, and I would take extra measures to brush, floss, listerine at least twice before we saw each other. Now that we live together, I don’t eat anything containing nuts. on occasion I will eat something that “may contain” but I am always sure to brush my teeth and wash my hands afterwards.
Post # 9
@grapefruitgal: This sounds exactly like us. I don’t even like stuff with nuts in it that much, so it was very easy to cut it out. Fine print can be a real bitch though, even after I asked them what was in it.