Mar 20, 2017

Spring Barbecue Dangers: Allergen Safety on the Grill

Spring is finally here! If you are excited to welcome the warmer weather and sunshine, a barbecue with family and friends is probably high on your list! But did you know? Common allergens like nuts, corn, and soy can easily turn your barbecue experience into an emergency.

If you or a family member is living with allergies, here are 5 unsuspecting things to watch out for on your next barbecue:

1. Barbecue grill – the grill is a very busy place that can be overlooked as a source of allergen. Aside from cross-contamination, things like barbecue smokers made with recycled oil drums may cause reactions to people who are allergic to certain types of oil i.e. corn, peanut, almond, and coconut.

For persons with allergy or intolerance to potatoes, beware this BBQ hack that use potatoes to make grills non-stick and easier to clean.

2. Fire starters and briquettes – people with allergies to corn and nuts especially need to be aware of fire starters and briquettes that are made of nuts and corn. Some charcoal briquettes are made with starch that can come from corn, wheat, potato, or rice.

Egg allergies are also one of the most common food allergies and during a barbecue, egg cartons are becoming a popular hack to light up charcoals fast.

3. Steak and butcher paper made with soy wax – butcher papers are used for wrapping meat like briskets to allow smoke to enter the meat but without losing the flavorful juice. Also see wax paper made with soybean wax.

4. BBQ Party utensils – while good for the environment, green disposable cups and utensils may be dangerous for people living with allergies. Compostable plates and utensils like spoons, forks, and knives are usually made with renewable sources like corn, potato, and wheat residue.

5. Food – aside from avoiding foods that you are obviously allergic to i.e. certain types like poultry and seafood; do watch out for the following:
Meatless pork chop made through farm chemurgy

Wood-smoked meat – pecan and almond are top choices for smoking meat for a bolder flavor.

Barbecue and Allergy Hacks
Allergy moms suggest using disposable BBQ liners to grill your own “safe food” on. This means bringing in your own marinated meat in allergen free barbecue sauce. Don’t forget to bring your own pair of BBQ tongs too!

Stuffed Peppers

An even easier alternative is by bringing in your own home cooked dish that you can safely enjoy and share with others. Try this Stuffed Peppers recipe that is perfect for barbecue parties!

Finally, it would be easier for everyone if you communicate your allergies to your family, friends, or whoever is hosting the barbecue. It is also recommended for people with allergies to wear a medical ID.

A medical ID can speak for you in times of emergency and help you receive the precise treatment that you need. 95% of medical responders are trained to look for a Medical ID. Here are more tips from Remember, proper care and caution can make it possible for you to enjoy a memorable barbecue this season!

About the author: Lace Llanora is a food allergy writer at American Medical ID. American Medical ID serves the medical community by offering quality medical IDs that can be customized for any allergy or condition the wearer may have.

Nov 18, 2016

Poison Treatments That Contain Nuts

Treatments for treating heavy metal poisoning (lead or mercury) as well as arsenic poisoning can contain peanut oil. Activated charcoal can be made from coconut shells or other natural sources. Activated charcoal can be used in a hospital setting to treat a large number of poisoning situations, it is also sold in health food stores with the idea that it removes common toxins.

Poison Antidote
Anti Lewisite
British anti-Lewisite was developed in 1941 as an antidote to lewisite, an arsenic-based chemical warfare agent. (the solute is peanut oil).

Poison Treatment
BAL In Oil
Poisoning Treatment Generic name Dimercarol: "Dimercaprol may contain peanut oil. Tell your caregivers if you have a peanut allergy."

Metal Poisoning
Removing heavy metal/ poison This medicine contains peanut oil. Tell your doctor if you have a peanut allergy.

See Also:
Scar Treatments That Contain Nuts
Nuts in Anti Fungus Foot Treatments
Vitamin Products That Contain Nuts
Poison Ivy Products That Contain Nuts
Parasitic Treatments That Contain Walnuts

Avoiding Milk
Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments Containing Nuts

Nov 17, 2016

Baking Papers That Contain Soy

Bakery Tissue
Soy Blend Wax Tissue
•Bakery tissue is an economical choice for picking up donuts and pastries
•EcoCraft® bakery tissue is unbleached and treated with soy wax blend

Bakery Tissue
Paper Wraps
Blended, renewable-resource, soy-wax coating performs as well as petroleum-based alternatives. Versatile sheets may be used for a variety of purposes: food wrap, scale sheets, pick-up sheets, basket liners, etc. Pop-up box ensures simple and easy, one-at-a time sheet dispensing.

Bakery Tissue
Green Choice Interfolded Kraft Unbleached Brown Soy Wax Bakery Tissue
Green Choice interfold Kraft unbleached brown soy wax deli sheets combine functionality and efficiency with eco-friendliness! Made from natural Kraft paper with a soy blend eco wax, these chlorine-free tissue sheets are durable, absorbent, and have ultimate grease-resistance.

Wax Paper
Wax Paper
"Just like your mom's old favorite – only better! Made from unbleached paper and coated with 100% natural soybean wax, it's ideal for wrapping foods without affecting flavor. Conventional waxed paper is coated with paraffin wax – a petroleum based product. Soybean wax is clean, safe, non-toxic, biodegradable, and comes from a renewable and sustainable resource grown by American farmers, giving them an economical use for their soybean surplus."

See Also:
Rolling Pins Treated With Nut Oils
Soy Ink

Avoiding Milk Protein Site:
Non Food Items Made From Soy

Oct 11, 2016

Nut Shells Used in Gas Masks

Gas Masks
Gas Warfare in WW1
WW1 Gas MaskIndiana War Memorial museum exhibit This is a modified version of the British design, a canvas mask attached to a fiber hose with a charcoal filter attached. The charcoal was make from fruit pits and nut shells, both of which were often acquired from recruiting drives from the home front. The soldier had to breath directly through the tube, as the canvas mask was not airtight like the later rubber masks.

Gas Masks
Peach Stones (Pit) Campaign during WWI
he best material for gas masks is cocoanut shell, but it has been found that many other fruit stones and nut shells provide an excellent quality of charcoal or carbon. They include peach, apricot, cherry, prune, plum and olive pits, date seeds, and the shells of brazil nut, hickory nut, walnut, and butternut. Materials may be mixed together indiscriminately, the announcement says, although all must be dried by oven-baking or sun-drying.

Gas Masks
Peach pits, nut shells and how they helped us win the Great War
Fruit stones and nuts shells, burned slowing in a controlled fashion, were the perfect source for activated carbon. Now the problem was getting enough of these common everyday items together to do the job. After all, it took 200 peach pits or 2 pounds of nut shells to produce enough carbon to outfit one gas mask.

Gas Masks
Your Country Needs YouTo Collect Fruit Stones andnut Shells
Gas masks with charcoal filters were distributed to combat the effects of the gas. And towards the very end of the war, it was realised that a more effective filter could be made from the charcoal that came from burning fruit stones and nutshells. Of great value for the charcoal they produced were stones from peaches, apricots, cherries, plums and dates, alongside shells from Brazil nuts and walnuts.

Historical use of nuts in gas masks is more of interest than current risk. Gas masks containing nut shells are unlikely to cause a reaction, unless you work at a museum this is not a current concern.

See Also:
Pin Cushions Containing Walnut Shells
Stuffed Toys Made With Nuts
Walnut Shell Blasting and Cleaning Materials
Walnut Shells To Clean Your Coat
Ancient Armour made From Coconuts

Avoiding Milk
History of Allergy Medication
Historical Figures With Allergies
History of Allergies