By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. , August 16, 2011 - 10:07am
Easy tips for going going peanut-free (it's easier than you think)!
About 12 million Americans have food allergies—according to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network—and peanut allergies are among the top 10 so it's likely that at some point you'll have to plan a peanut-free meal, if you haven't already.
For peanut allergies, avoid these foods: Peanut butter, mixed nuts, beer nuts, peanut oil. Note: Experts often caution those with peanut allergies to avoid tree nuts, due to cross-contamination risks. Plus, about one-third of those with an allergy to peanuts (which are legumes like beans) have or will develop an allergy to one or more true nuts, which grow on trees.
Some common hidden sources of peanuts include: Sauces used in ethnic—Asian, African and Mexican—meals (e.g., mole), candy, chocolate, sunflower seeds and nut butters (which often are processed on shared equipment, so read labels to find ones that keep peanuts separate), some natural and artificial flavors and many other foods (i.e., read labels of all processed foods).
Try going peanut-free by replacing peanut butter and jelly with this delicious and easy Strawberry & Cream Cheese Sandwich .
Not concerned about peanut allergies, but worried about other allergies, such as dairy, fish, soy, etc.? Find allergy-free alternatives to kids' favorite foods for those allergies and more here.