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Almond extract - safe for nut allergies or no?

post #1 of 21
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Ok, this may be a dumb or already covered topic...does anyone know if using (imitation) Almond extract is ok for someone with nut allergies or not? A lot of the recipes on here suggest using it, and I am wondering about the allergy aspect...Any insight??? icon_confused.gif
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post #2 of 21
Imitation is fine...there's no almond in it. But, as someone with a tree nut allergy, if I smelled almond I wouldn't eat it even if you promised me it was imitation!

Jodie
post #3 of 21
I have no first hand experience with this, but I've heard that the imitation almond (or other imitation nut) extracts are safe for people with nut allergies. Just don't use the real extracts, because they are not safe.
post #4 of 21
I had a bride in for a sampling a few weeks ago with nut allergies and she called ahead of time to see if I used almond flavoring in anything. She didnt' even want artificial almond ... I didn't ask why, but I bet it's the same reasoning as Jodie.
post #5 of 21
There are students with severe nut allergies where I work and I've made a WASC using imitation and they haven't had an allergic reaction. One of the teachers ate the cake in the classroom! BUT I checked the ingredients with the parents of the student first, we actually do this all the time with them and they're usually glad to answer vs. us just guessing. I did SCRUB everything down before I baked the cake because I have uses regular almond extract or peanut butter in other cakes and I'm paranoid.

my (inexperienced) suggestion, is to ask the person straight out or to use something else. odds are it would be ok, but not worth the risk of a serious allergic reaction.
post #6 of 21
I use imitation Almond flavoring, and have not had a problem. My son's friend has a severe allergy to peanuts eat my cakes as often as he possibly can, with no ill effects. BUT, anyone with an allergy should always be careful, and know for sure what they are eating.
post #7 of 21
This is an interesting topic. I actually just found out that the amaretto liqueur we use at work isn't even made from almonds at all, but from crushed apricot pits. You learn something new every day. icon_rolleyes.gif
post #8 of 21
I just made some cookies where I normally use almond extract and had to use something else because one of the people that I made them for has a severe nut allergy. Those make me paranoid because I've had someone have a reaction because they didn't tell me beforehand. The bright side to having to use something else is that I discovered French Vanilla flavoring at the grocery store. It doesn't sound like a big thing, but it's got a very distinctive taste which I like.
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post #9 of 21
Peanuts aren't nuts, they're legumes. People with allergies to peanuts can eat tree nuts with no issues, and people with tree nuts allergies can eat peanuts with no issues. You can be allergic to both.

Amaretto can be made with crushed apricot pits or almonds, but are usually a combination of both. I wouldn't touch it.

A coconut is actually a fruit, and nutmeg is a seed, just as a matter of interest.

Jodie
post #10 of 21
I would think that you have to be sure that imitation extract uses no real almond at all. I don't think anyone but the manufacturer would know that.

In the case of people with severe allergies, the risk is not worth taking. I know a girl whose throat swells closes at just the smell of peanuts. Also, peanut allergies and nut allergies are two different things since peanuts are not technically nuts.
post #11 of 21
LOL, JodieF you big NERD! icon_wink.gif But your right. Cheap marzipan is actually made out of crushed apricot pits, as is cheap amaretto, but good quality stuff for both is made out of almonds. I also read that even though it is imitation almond extract, to still be careful,cause it is processed in the same area where other nut products are processed.
post #12 of 21
I would double check with the manufacturer.

My DD with a sensitivity to peanut, won't go near golden pea butter (a p.b. alternative that is pretty close to the real thing but peanut free.) it smells so similar.

Be very careful!
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post #13 of 21
Indeed peanut and nut allergies are different however most of these nuts are processed together in the same plants so the risk of cross contamination is VERY high. So most people with any kind of nut allergy will tend to avoid them altogether.

When and if I use almond flavouring it tends to be the grocery store brand, which is here is usually Club house. I have contacted the company and sure enough their REAL almond flavouring is peanut and NUT free as well since they use peach (or maybe apricot?) pits to get the flavouring. The reason it can be called REAL is that the flavour does come from a real source and is not chemically formulated. This can apply to almost any flavouring labelled as real. As long as it comes from a definable source the companies can use the term 'real'.

Interesting, no? icon_biggrin.gif
post #14 of 21
I used to never think twice about using imiation but now I'm not so sure. I would always check with the customer before adding it-- for their safety & also your liability if there was a severe reaction.

I did a white cake for a baby shower...and I always add vanilla & imitation almond to my white cakes (I don't even have real almond extract since the reactions are such a fear of mine).

The next morning I got a call from a mother whose son had broken out into hives after eating a leftover piece of cake that she brought home to him. He was allergic to tree nuts. She wanted to know what I had used in the cake-- she wasn't aware that imitation almond would effect him in this way...but something sure did....and the extract is pretty high on my list of likely causes. Whenever someone asks, I always say I can't guarantee anything to be "nut free"--there's always that freak cross contamination possibility from the tiniest trace of nut.
post #15 of 21
I have a friend who is severely allergic to tree nuts and can NOT have imitation almond extract. Almonds and apricots are very closely related, so that should also be used with care....
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