Common Foods Containing Peanuts
Peanut Product Substitutes
Peanut butter - Sneaky Chef no-peanut butter, SunButter sunflower seed spread, Wow Butter
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - Mini Pea NOT cups
Granola bars - Made Good granola bars (in chocolate banana, strawberry, mixed berry, apple cinnamon, chocolate chip )
Trail mix - Enjoy Life Seed & Fruit mixes (in beach bash and mountain mambo)
Protein bites - Enjoy Life Sunseed Butter bites
- Allergies to peanuts are among one of the most common food allergies
- Peanuts are not tree nuts- they are legumes: other legumes include soybeans, peas, beans, and lentils
- If you are allergic to peanuts, you have a 25-40% higher chance of being allergic to tree nuts (FARE).
- Peanut allergies can be lifelong, but studies show that 20% of children eventually outgrow the allergy (FARE).
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
As a big fan of the Cleveland Indians, my family goes to plenty of ballgames. Unfortunately for people with peanut allergies, peanuts are a ballpark classic, and it is no fun when the shells are being tossed at your feet. A couple of ways I can stay safe while still enjoying the game are:
- In my case, I go to the games with my family, so I will switch seats with one of them so I am the farthest away from the peanut-eater. This creates a little "safe zone."
- Bring wipes to clean the seat and armrests: the person before you may have been eating peanuts too!
- Ask the people you are with to not eat peanuts
- Find a peanut-safe ballpark: there are dedicated zones in the park that are completely peanut free, which is ideal for those with very severe peanut allergies. The peanut-safe ballparks are: Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds.
Can I Eat Peanut Oil?
According to some sources, refined peanut oil should be safe for a person with peanut allergies because there is technically no protein in the oil. I was a little skeptical of this and personally have not been tested for it. It may be worth trying out because some restaurants (like Chick-fil-a) use peanut oil in their fryers.
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