Avoid these 23 foods with peanuts (if you have peanut allergy)
As a parent, you realize your child is exposed to foods with peanuts anywhere: from the store, from their friends houses, and even from school. And although many places are becoming more peanut food allergy aware, the burden of ensuring peanut-free foods is on your shoulders.
That’s a lot of pressure on you and your child!
This article and free download will help relieve your peanut food allergy burden.
Who should read this article?
This article has one goal: to give you the top 23 foods with peanuts to avoid!
I’ve written this article to provide a printable, easy to carry (wallet sized) list of foods with peanuts so you can have a quick reference when you’re at the supermarket, at a friend’s house or even for school events.
I’ll also answer one nuance about peanut oil and the great question: “Is Chick-fil-A safe for someone with peanut allergies?”
Based on this, you should read this article if:
- Your son, daughter or loved one has a peanut allergy
- You have a peanut allergy
- You want a list of peanut foods so you can easily avoid foods with peanuts
- You want to know the Chick-fil-A’s safety for peanut allergies
Aren’t the FDA labels “may contain peanuts” enough?
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 identified 8 major allergens (including peanut) and told these food producers to label products that may contain peanuts. This was supposed to help you identify foods with peanuts so you could make better peanut-free food choices.
That is not what happened.
Instead of viewing the FDA label as a way to protect you identify peanut foods and avoid an accidental reaction, most companies viewed this as a potential law suit. IF their food contained peanuts and wasn’t identified, they would be legally responsible.
I understand this fear… but this mentality is also the reason toilet paper and shampoo now “may contain peanuts.” Food packaging just labeled everything as a potential peanut allergy risk (yay for legally protecting the company.., Boo for you and your child.)
Many primary care providers and even allergists will tell you “just avoid foods that may contain peanuts.” Because of these labeling inconsistencies, this is not a fantastic plan.
Today, I will review the most common foods with peanuts.
But you deserve to have this be easy.
So I’ve set up a download link below where you can get your copy of the top 23 foods with peanuts to avoid (and let your next grocery trip will be easier.
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Your peanut food allergy avoidance list
There are 4 different categories of foods with peanuts you should avoid:
- Avoid ingredients that contain peanuts or peanut proteins
- Avoid specific peanut oils
- Know of certain type of foods with peanuts
- Know of which types of restaurants often can contain peanuts.
Peanut ingredients to avoid
These are the ingredients you, your son or your daughter will need to avoid if you’re looking for peanut-free foods:
- Artificial nuts
- Beer nuts
- Ground nuts
- Mixed nuts
- Monkey nuts
- Nut pieces
- Peanut butter
- Peanut flour
- Peanut protein hydrolysate
Peanut oils to avoid
In addition to ingredients, you also need to watch for peanut oils. If you have a peanut food allergy, avoid these peanut oils:
- Arachis oil
- Cold pressed peanut oil
- Expeller pressed peanut oil
- Extruded peanut oil
Avoid these foods with peanuts
These are foods that often contain peanuts and should also be approached with caution (might or might not be a true peanut-free food):
- Baked goods
- Egg rolls
- Enchilada sauce
- Mole sauce
Which types of restaurants commonly contain peanuts?
Finally, many African, Asian (especially Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese) and Mexican dishes also use peanuts so peanut can hide in these types of restaurants..
When eating out it is best to ask multiple times and to always be skeptical of restaurant foods (Or, as Mad Eye Moody would tell you: “constant vigilance!”)
I know this is a lot.
I recommend you and keep it with you at all times. This will make it easier to check for peanut-free foods.
Is Chick-fil-A Safe for Peanut Allergies?
But until then, most people fall into two categories:
- I know Chick-fil-A uses peanut oil and my child can eat it it fine… so they must:
- Not be peanut allergic
- Not have severe peanut allergies
- Have a better chance at outgrowing peanut allergies
- I know Chick-fil-A uses peanut oil… so I’ll never eat there again
It is my pleasure to tell you that NEITHER of these are correct.
Chick-fil-A and Peanut Oil
The Chick-fil-A chain uses peanut oil. But they use a hot-pressed (or highly refined) peanut oil.
Due to the manufacturing/processing of a hot pressed oil, it removes enough of the peanut antigen that if you’re allergic to peanut, you CAN use hot pressed oil (it’s considered a peanut-safe food),
Chick-fil-A uses the highly refined, hot pressed peanut oil.
What does this mean to you?
- If you were avoiding Chick-fil-A because of peanut allergy… you can safely eat there.
- If you were minimizing your or your child’s peanut allergy based on tolerating Chick-fil-A:
- You or your child are still peanut allergic, even if they tolerate Chick-fil-A
- Eating Chick-fil-A does NOT mean they are less peanut food allergic
- Eating Chick-fil-A does NOT mean they are more likely to outgrow their peanut food allergy
Caution about Peanut Oil
I know I just finished explaining Chick-fil-A’s peanut safety. And it is… for now. Just know any place that uses hot-pressed, highly refined oil COULD change it to a different peanut oil. For culinary purposes, most oils are interchangeable.
So always be cautious with any restaurant saying they use hot pressed oil… they could change it at any time.
This article outlines the 23 ingredients, foods and oils to avoid if you have a peanut food allergy… which is quite a big list. That’s why I included an easy to download peanut food allergy avoidance list at this link:
Beyond that, I discussed:
- Problems with the “may contain peanuts” package labels being inaccurate
- Reviewed generalizations about restaurants that are often a peanut-food risk
- Answered all your questions about Chick-fil-A and peanut food allergy with a detailed review of the different peanut oils.
After you’ve downloaded the peanut allergy avoidance list, keep it with you at all times (perhaps use it as a reason to buy a laminator… because who doesn’t want a laminator?!).
Other than that, LIKE my Facebook page and, if you have time, SHARE any other foods that should be avoided in the comments below. Every food you add will make this list safer for everyone.