It’s National Food Awareness Allergy Month. If you have a food allergy, you know how to manage it. However, your friends and extended family may not be aware of all of the things that surround a food allergy and what can trigger a reaction.
At Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, we are allergy aware and twist our pretzels in a nut-free bakery. For this special month, we want to make you aware of the major food allergies affecting our friends and family. Today, we focus on the peanut.
Peanuts can cause a severe reaction and can be contained in, but not always a part of, sauces, sweets, egg rolls, potato pancakes, specialty pizzas, Asian and Mexican foods, vegetarian foods and glazes.
Here are some fast facts about peanut allergies from The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network:
- Some alternative nut butters, such as soy nut butter or sunflower seed butter, are produced on equipment shared with other tree nuts and, in some cases, peanuts. Contact the manufacturer before eating these products.
- Discuss with your primary doctor or allergist whether to avoid tree nuts. People allergic to peanuts may develop allergies to other foods, including tree nuts. In addition, the chance of a reaction due to cross-contact between peanut and tree nuts during the manufacturing process will be lowered if you avoid them altogether.
- Ice cream served in ice cream parlors should be avoided; cross-contact occurs frequently because of shared scoops.
- Sometimes, foods that are supposed to contain almonds or other tree nuts contain peanuts instead.
- Peanuts go by many names, such as ground nuts, beer nuts, or monkey nuts. Use caution if you are unsure!
- Studies show that most allergic individuals can safely eat peanut oil (not cold pressed, expelled, or extruded peanut oil – sometimes represented as gourmet oils). If you are allergic to peanuts, ask your doctor whether or not you should avoid peanut oil.
- Peanuts can be found in many foods and candies, especially chocolate candy. Check all labels carefully. Contact the manufacturer if you have questions.
Do you know someone with a peanut allergy? Share your stories with us!