For those living with peanut allergies, having a source of ready-to-eat ‘safe’ foods can be a lifesaver. Many prepackaged foods are susceptible to cross-contamination during the manufacturing process, making it difficult to determine which foods are really ‘safe,’ especially if you have been recently diagnosed and aren’t sure what to look for.
Well-stocked supermarkets often carry several brands that are committed to providing peanut-free foods. This means that the ingredient list does not contain peanuts and that the product has not been manufactured in a facility that also handles peanuts. Some of the most popular lines include Cherrybrook Kitchen baking mixes and Enjoy Life cookies, granola bars, cereals, and other products. If you’re looking for an alternative to peanut butter, seek out Sunbutter, made from sunflower seeds. You may find these brands along with their non-peanut free counterparts, or in the ‘health foods’ or ‘natural foods’ section.
In addition to these peanut-free brands, there are many other foods in the supermarket that are peanut-free. However, you’ll have to read the ingredient list carefully. Avoid products that indicate that they’ve been prepared on the same equipment used for products containing peanuts. Be aware that companies can change formulations and manufacturing processes at any time, so you’ll need to read the label again even if you’ve purchased the same product in the past. For this reason, there is no list of “safe products” for those with peanut allergies.
If you can’t find a product you want at your local grocery store, or don’t have access to a large supermarket, shop online. Some of the most popular online shops for those with peanut allergies include Divvies and Vermont Nut-Free, both of which offer chocolates and other treats. Another popular shopping site is Peanut Free Planet.