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Peanut Allergy Diet
guidelines for peanut allergy
key to an allergy-free diet is to stay away from all foods or products containing the
food to which you are allergic. If you are allergic to peanuts, you will need to stay
away from peanuts and foods that contain peanuts. You will need to read all food
How to read
a label for a peanut-free diet
Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) is a law that requires U.S.
packaged foods to state clearly on the label if they contain peanuts. In addition to
peanuts, stay away from foods with any of these ingredients:
may contain peanuts
These foods may also contain peanuts:
African, Chinese, Mexican, Thai, and other ethnic dishes
Chili, spaghetti sauce
Flavoring (natural and artificial)
Hydrolyzed plant protein
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Ice creams, frozen yogurts, and nondairy frozen desserts
Always read the entire ingredient label to look for peanuts. Peanut may be in the
ingredient list. Or it could be listed in a “Contains: peanut” statement after the
Other sources of peanuts
These food sources may also contain peanuts:
Peanut oil that is cold-pressed, extruded, or expeller-expressed. But studies
show that most people with allergies can safely eat foods containing highly
refined peanut oil.
Ethnic foods, commercially prepared baked goods,
and candy. These can be cross-contaminated with peanuts since peanuts are often
used in these types of foods.
Homemade chili and spaghetti sauce. These may be
thickened with peanut butter or peanut flour.
Hydrolyzed plant and vegetable protein in
imported foods. These proteins may be from peanuts. In the U.S., these proteins
often come from soy.
Foods that don't contain peanuts could be contaminated during
manufacturing. Advisory statements are not regulated by the FDA. They are voluntary.
These include labels such as "processed in a facility that also processed peanut." Or
"made on shared equipment." Ask your healthcare provider if you can eat products with
these labels. Or if you should stay away from them.
Some foods and products are not covered by the FALCPA law. These
Foods that are not regulated by the FDA
Cosmetics and personal care items
Prescription and over-the-counter medicines and
Toys, crafts, and pet foods
When you are eating out
Always carry 2 epinephrine auto-injectors. Make
sure you and those close to you know how to use it.
Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace with your allergy
If you don't have epinephrine auto-injectors, talk with your
healthcare provider. Ask if you should carry them.
In a restaurant, food may be cross-contaminated with peanuts.
Always read food labels. And always ask about ingredients at
restaurants. Do this even if these are foods that you have eaten in the past.
Stay away from buffets with peanuts. This will help you avoid
cross-contamination of foods with shared utensils.
Online Medical Reviewer:
Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
Online Medical Reviewer:
Deborah Pedersen MD
Date Last Reviewed:
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