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Having someone with peanut allergy in the family can be a very scary thing. Both
of my kids are allergic to nuts, and it changes the way we live, shop and prepare
food. Going to the neighborhood park can be a dangerous thing. What if my kids go
down the slide after a kid ate a peanut butter cup touched that same slide with his
If your kid or someone you know isallergic to tree nuts or peanuts, it's important
to learn what foods might contain nuts and how to find peanut butter alternatives.
Be vigilant; even a small exposure to nuts can be fatal.
What Foods Contain Peanuts?
When reading the food label, avoid ingredients that may contain peanut protein. They
include anything with peanuts or nuts, hydrolyzed plant protein, hydrolyzed vegetable
protein (may or may not contain peanut), vegetable oil (if source isn't specified),
natural flavoring (depending on the food, some may contain peanut protein), peanutamide,
or check for labels that say "may contain traces of peanut".
Peanut Allergy Foods to Avoid
Stay away from foods with nuts, including baked goods (breads, muffins, cookies,
anything in a bakery that uses nuts could be cross contaminated with peanut protein),
cereal, chili, many ethnic foods (Thai, Asian, and Indonesian dishes), sauces (stay
sauces, pesto) ice cream, candies (nougat, chocolate) and snacks (crackers, granola,
rice cakes, caramel corn).
Healthy Peanut Butter Substitutes
Peanut butter substitutes can be used in just about any peanut butter recipes for
great tasting and nutritious cookies, energy bars, smoothies, dips, sauces, pates,
sandwiches, bagels and croissants.
1. Soynut Butter
Soy nut butter is an ideal peanut butter alternativefor people with tree nut allergies,
since soy bean is unrelated to peanuts. Soynut butter is made from specially roasted
soybeans, which are then crushed and blend with soybean oil and other ingredients.
It is very similar to peanut butter in flavor and texture, but contain less fat.
2. Sunflower Seed Butter
Sunflower seed butter is produced from sunflower seeds, which are a good source of
protein, fiber, Vitamin E, zinc as well as iron.
In addition, sunflower seeds are exceptionally high in linoleic acid, an essential
fatty acid which belongs to the omega-6 family of fatty acids.
Sunflower seed butter is not as sweet a peanut butter or almond butter but has a
rather heavy flavor. It tends to go rancid more easily than nut butters so make sure
to keep it refrigerated.
3. Almond Butter
Almond Butter is a healthier alternative to peanut butter. It has a mild sweet taste,
high in protein and calcium, and low in saturated fats.
Research showed that almonds are helpful in reducing cholesterol levels and supporting
heart health. The only downside of almond butter is its price. Most peanut allergy
sufferers can consume almond butter with no reaction.
4. Hemp Seed Butter
Hemp seed butter is a rich, creamy nutritious spread containing more heart healthy
omega 3 & 6 fatty acids than any other nut butter and has no trans fats, no hydrogenated
oils, no cholesterol, no added sugar, no gluten, no preservatives, and no artificial
colors or flavors.
It has a nutty flavor similar to pine nuts. The chlorophyll in hemp seeds gives the
hemp seed butter an attractive deep green color.
Hummus is gaining popularity fast in America. It is an Middle Eastern appetizer made
from chickpeas and tahini, a sesame seed paste which is similar to peanut butter.
Chickpeas are high in protein, potassium and fiber while sesame seeds are nature's
richest source of protein and Vitamin E.
You can find hummus spread at the deli counter of any grocery store or make your
own at home.
Give any of these nutritious and tasty peanut butter alternatives a try, especially
if someone you love is allergic to peanuts or PB is banned at your kid's school because
of nut allergy concerns.
Is your toddler stuck in a food jag and won't eat meat? Find out how you can get
your super picky eater to try new foods and receive the essential nutrients to support
overall mental and physical development.
If your child won't drink milk no matter what you do, use these ideas to encourage
milk consumption and ensure adequate calcium intake. Learn what are good non-milk
calcium food sources to offer, if your kids simply hate milk.
If you're wondering what is good to eat with raisins, but eating them straight out
of the box doesn't appeal to you, then get inspired with these interesting recipes,
and start enjoying the health benefits of raisins in your everyday meals.