Peanut allergy is the most common and more often fatal than other food allergens. With the increase in all food allergies, peanut allergy is not exempt and is also on the rise. On the positive side is that the general public is becoming much more aware of this dangerous food allergy, even more so than other food allergies, and awareness is increasing. You will find many more peanut-free schools now than ten years ago.
Regardless of the increased awareness of the potentially fatal peanut, all forms of peanut consumption maintain a strong presence in our culture as well as many others. For this reason, peanut allergy sufferers must know their peanut ingredients and common foods that may contain peanuts.
The FDA requires all food products that contain peanuts be labeled as such. There are instances, however, when the ingredients in products are unknown (for example, cookies in a bakery). Furthermore, the sensitivity to peanuts can be so acute that products made on shared equipment or in the same facility, as well as any airborne peanut protein, can cause an allergic reaction. Talk to your doctor about your specific risk and precautions.
Peanut Ingredient List
- artificial nuts
- beer nuts
- cold pressed, expeller pressed or extruded peanut oil
- ground nuts
- mixed nuts
- monkey nuts
- nut meat
- nut pieces
- peanut butter
- peanut flour
- peanut protein hydrolysate
Possible Peanut Ingredient
- African, Asian and Mexican dishes
- baked goods
- egg rolls
- enchilada sauce
- mole sauce
- The FDA exempts highly refined peanut oil from being labeled as an allergen. Studies show that most allergic people can safely consume peanut oil that has been highly refined. Check with your doctor on your risk.
- There is a strong possibility of cross-reaction between peanuts and lupine (a legume). It does not fall under the peanut labeling requirements. It is also known as lupinus albus. It can be found in seed or flour form.
- Many doctors advise peanut allergy sufferers also avoid tree nuts. Check with your doctor.
- Sunflower seeds are often produced on the shared equipment with peanuts. Be sure to read labels and know your precautions.
- Some nut butters are made on shared equipment with peanuts. Contact the manufacturer, if necessary.
Are there any additional precautions you can add to this peanut ingredient list?