People with peanut allergy should know about foods to avoid, as many who are allergic to peanuts are allergic to other nuts like walnuts, cashews or brazil nuts.
Doctors admit that the ubiquity of foods to avoid makes avoidance difficult and accidental ingestion common. Many of these foods are also popular with children, making it difficult to prevent contact or consumption. Good substitutes are available, however, for foods such as peanut butter.
Be sure to avoid foods that contain any of the following ingredients:
- Cold pressed, expressed, or expelled peanut oil
- Ground nuts
- Mixed nuts
- Nu-Nuts® artificial nuts
- Peanut butter
- Peanut flour
Foods that may indicate the presence of peanut protein include:
- African, Chinese, Thai, and other ethnic dishes
- Baked goods
- Chili and spaghetti sauce
- chocolate (candy, candy bars)
- Egg rolls
- Hydrolyzed plant protein
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
- Ice creams, frozen yogurts, tofutti
Coconut and Peanut Allergy
Coconut, the seed of a drupaceous fruit, has typically not been restricted in the diets of people with tree nut allergy. However, in October of 2006, the FDA began identifying coconut as a tree nut. The available medical literature contains documentation of a small number of allergic reactions to coconut; most occurred in people who were not allergic to other tree nuts. Ask your doctor if you need to avoid coconut.