Sunday, January 10, 2010

Update on Miracle Margarine

One of my original posts on this blog had to do with finding Fleischmann's unsalted margarine -- which has no dairy in it. This post has been one of my most popular with 16 comments on it.

Since I first posted it there have been some questions as to whether UNSALTED Fleischmann's margarine is free of dairy. Some people have posted that there is whey in it and I should "Make sure you know all the facts before you post something like that."

First of all, YES, we all should always check the labels of our kids' food. I posted this in Oct. 2006 -- 3 years ago!!! Things change ... always check your labels. I'm just a mom out here sharing what I have seen and what has worked for my family. And I touched on that in one of my very first posts.

That said, I am looking at the ingredients for the margarine in front of me and it says: Liquid soybean oil, water, hydrogenated soybean oil, contains less than 2% of the following: vegetable mono-and diglycerides and soy lecithin (emulsifiers), potassium sorbate and calcium disodium edta* (to preserve freshness), phosphoric acid (acidulant), natural and artificial flavor, vitamin A palmitate, colored with beta carotene (source of Vitamin A), Vitamin D3. CONTAINS: Soy

So, there you have it. I don't see a reference to whey. At least in the kind I get at my local store. I don't know enough about ConAgra Foods (who produces the product). Perhaps the ingredients differ by geographic location.

I certainly would not want the person who posted the comment to this blog to give it to her daughter who has a severe dairy allergy if the package she is looking at says there is whey in it. It would be terrible for that little girl to get sick. I know, my son can't eat whey either or casein.

This blog was meant as a way to share information and find other people dealing with the same issues. We are all stressed as we try to navigate through this experience .... let's try to support one another.


susanbartel said...

Glad to see you're posting again! Keep at it!

Anne D said...

THANK YOU! I need to get inspired and keep at it. Words of encouragement help big time!

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RightBrainy said...

Fleischmann's unsalted is not so available in Portland Oregon, but Saffola Unsalted is very available and also completely dairy free. Once again, the salted variety contains milk. I actually think they may be the same thing. Once I bought Saffola unsalted and the box contained another box within it. Can you believe the inside box said "Fleischmann's unsalted margarine" on it? I have two boys with Food Allergies and it helps to share information. Thanks for keeping up with your blog.

Terry said...

You know what.....after reading this post I can see how rude some people are.

This woman you are talking about should check things for herself.

At the top of my Candida blog, I posted a few words. If you want, you can copy them and put them on your blog, you are more than welcome to do so. That should take care of people like her....we are just trying to do the best we can do.

Good luck to you...Terry

Dee said...

It was great to find your blog! My son has complete dairy intolerance and is gluten sensitive. It makes finding food he can eat that is palatable for a 7 year old very difficult. We knew about Smart Balance Light, but not Fleischmann's and will have to check it out at our local grocery store. Thanks for posting that info. It's always good to find other moms with similar issues to mine, especially since there doesn't seem to be any where I live. My friends say I may as well become a nutritionist I've learned so much about ingredients since my son was born!

Anonymous said...

There are two kinds of fleishmans margerine. One is in a green container and one in a yellow contianer. The green contianer contians mink the yellow one does not. The yellow says Lactose free, the other does not. It is up to people to read the ingredients of products themselves and not rely on others for this information. You are only doing others a favour by putting down your own journey. Good luck, and keep posting!

Mike said...

Thank you so much! I had no idea that Fleischmann's had a dairy free margarine. That is great news! I have been dealing with peanut and egg allergies for 9+ years with my two older sons, but now I have a 1yo with peanut, egg and milk allergies. I've found the dairy allergy to be much harder to deal with, so many thanks for your info! Also, you mentioned Smart Balance being dairy free...I'm pretty sure it's only the "light" varieties that are dairy free, so double check. Maybe that has already been mentioned but I thought I'd share it anyway.