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WF allergens list

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Created March 27, 2012 at 4:45 AM

I bought some Whole Foods brand Plantain chips this week - very cheap at $3.50 for a large container. However, while the ingredients are pretty much only plantains, palm oil, and salt, it also lists that they may contain just about every allergen known to man. Looking at other Whole Foods products, it seems that they all list the same disclaimer. What do you all think - is there really wheat in those things?

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on March 27, 2012
at 12:40 PM

Truth? Call Whole Foods customer service to get the exact answer. Its on there to cover their bums in case someone has a reaction but for something definitive go to the source. They'll tell you.

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on March 27, 2012
at 06:05 AM

I think a lot of places note that it is produced in a facility that also manufactures wheat, soy, nuts etc. I guess it's more a safety precaution for customers who may have serious allergic reactions. Personally, I would't worry about possibly contamination. By boyfriend is non-paleo, and you know, I reuse plates he's just finished eating off of and it might have trace bread crumbs, but I still sleep at night.

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on March 27, 2012
at 05:08 AM

I have a tree nut allergy. Most products say produced in a facility that also handles tree nuts. I know which products I can and can't eat but the stakes are pretty high.

I do like to avoid foods that say may contain wheat...

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on March 27, 2012
at 10:37 AM

Balor123 and Natureman, if you don't have serious allergy issues, I wouldn't worry. Those "traces", especially with WF snack foods, are usually included because the snack is processed on machinery that was used to process OTHER snacks that may include things like milk coatings, wheat, nuts, etc.

If I had a true allergy to, say, peanuts, I would certainly avoid just about every packaged food out there except the ones that say "Packaged in a Nut/Wheat/Dairy-free facility on dedicated equipment", but I don't think I'm that far gone. Then again, I don't really eat snack foods any more, either, so I guess I actually have kind of limited my exposure by default.

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on March 27, 2012
at 10:24 AM

Most of us aren't highly allergic to wheat, we're not even celiac. We just choose to avoid it. The dose makes the poison at that point and traces aren't going to be problematic.

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on March 27, 2012
at 09:06 AM

Does anyone know for example if a product says that it can contain a trace of certain allergen should it be worrysome or not. (for people who have allergies dont have serious allergy issues.)

Also how much can these "traces" affect us?

Thanks!!!!

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on March 27, 2012
at 06:05 AM

I think a lot of places note that it is produced in a facility that also manufactures wheat, soy, nuts etc. I guess it's more a safety precaution for customers who may have serious allergic reactions. Personally, I would't worry about possibly contamination unless you have serious life-threatening reactions with those ingredients...keep your epipen nearby, haha.

My boyfriend is non-paleo, and you know, I reuse plates he's just finished eating off of and it might have two bread crumbs every once in a while, but I still sleep at night

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on March 27, 2012
at 06:05 AM

If the item is processed in a facility (or on equipment) where these allergens are also processed the generally put this disclaimer on for legal reasons. I am celiac with dairy sensitivities and will take an educated gamble on items such as this.

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