Pea Allergy

Yes, a pea allergy. There has probably been more than one kid and even some adults who have wished for this one! ūüėČ I discovered Jacob was allergic to peas when he was about 6 mos old. ¬† His reactions from eating a jar of babyfood peas- [peas, water-listed as ingredients] made it pretty obvious!

Needless to say, no pea soup, mixed veggies, most casseroles, many soups, Chinese food-[already off the menu due to ALL other allergies!]. ¬†The one tricky part of avoiding peas, ¬†has been that it is not one of the main allergens required to be boldly stated on packaging~ requiring reading of fine print! A fine example, there are some gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, egg, etc free cookies I found at Whole Foods and only discovered after I got home and was reading the packaging, they are made with pea flour! (I checked the name- they are Orgran ¬†gluten free¬†kids¬†Outback Animals-imported from Australia, I’ve found them at Hannafords and Whole Foods~I don’t know if they use Pea flour in all their other products- so read labels first!) ¬† ¬†Note: V8 Juice does NOT have peas in it! ūüôā ¬†Many other allergen friendly products use pea flour in them, so read your labels!~ ¬†Bob’s Red Mill Baking mix, Daiya cheese, Orgran cookies and crackers. If you find other products please feel free to let me know and I will add them to the list!

Peas are in the same “family” as peanuts, soy, lentils and the many bean varieties. It was about a year after his pea and peanut diagnosis that ¬†soy was added to his allergen list. ¬†Then last month lentils were also confirmed with the RAST test. I now avoid all beans and peas, as well as the peanuts, and soy.