Peanut allergy is on the rise…it can cause a severe reaction which is life threatening.
Unexpected sources of peanuts:
- sauces, chili sauce, hot sauce, pesto, gravy, mole sauce, and salad dressing
- sweets like puddings, cookies, and hot chocolate
- egg rolls
- potato pancakes
- pet foods (reactions may occur after being licked by a pet that has consumed peanut)
- specialty pizzas
- Asian and Mexican dishes
- Some vegetarian food products, especially those advertised as mean substitutes
- foods that contain extruded, cold pressed peanut oil, which may contain peanut protein
- glazes and marinades
- salads and salad dressings
- barbecue sauce
- breading for chicken
- meat-free burgers
- fish dishes
- pie crust
- mortadella (may contain pistachios)
Things to keep in mind:
- Alternative nut butters may be processed on equipment shared with peanuts…contact manufacturer about these products.
- Discuss with allergist whether to avoid tree nuts…cross contamination with peanuts is always a risk.
- Ice cream served in ice cream parlors should be avoided due to cross contamination…always tell the manager that you have a nut allergy.
- Sometimes foods that contain other nuts also contain peanuts.
- Peanuts go by other names, such as beer nuts, ground nuts or monkey nuts.
- Ask your doctor if you should avoid peanut oils.
- Peanuts can be found in many foods and candies, especially chocolate. Check all labels carefully and contact the manufacturer with your questions.
- Peanuts can cause severe allergic reactions. If prescribed, carry epinephrine at all times- lean more about anaphylaxis.
Some children actually can outgrow a peanut allergy…check with your doctor.