Peanuts are the most common cause of death by food-and about 1/3 of the peanut sensitive patients have severe reactions to peanuts.
"Peanuts are added to a large variety of processed foods (Table XI). These include ice cream (as a flavoring), marinades, snack foods, and biscuits. Peanuts can be used as a flavoring or a seasoning agent67 and may be labeled as such (Table XII). Nuts may be used in the manufacture of vegetable burger patties.68 A fatal reaction to peanut antigen in almond icing has been recorded.69 Peanut butter may also be used to "glue down" the ends of egg rolls to keep them from coming apart.70 Some individuals do not know that peanut butter is commonly used in Oriental cooking."
"Peanuts can be "deflavored," "reflavored," and pressed into other shapes such as almonds and walnuts.9,65 These products retain the allergenicity of the peanut. Some patients with peanut allergy also react to sweet lupine seed flour, which may be used, for example, to fortify a spaghetti-like pasta.71"
"Although uncommon, a peanut protein hydrolyzate may also be used in soft drinks as a foaming agent or in confections as a whipping agent.67 "
Foods that may contain peanut or peanut oil.
Labels that may indicate the presence of peanut protein
-Hidden Allergens in Foods
"It's important to be vigilant about your child's food allergies, even during simple, everyday activities. Here are some basic tips...:
-Kid s Health for parents
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However, individuals who have an anaphylactic reaction to one type of nut should avoid nuts of all types in the interest of safety. The likelihood of people reacting to tree nuts if they are anaphylactic to peanuts is also unknown; to ensure that accidental exposure to peanut is avoided, people who are anaphylactic to peanuts should avoid all tree nuts as well. Because many of the life-threatening anaphylactic reactions occur in response to nuts, this group of foods is considered the greatest risk to the greatest number of allergic people, especially children. Therefore, most people with proven allergy to peanuts or any species of tree nut are usually advised to carefully avoid exposure to all nuts, nut-containing foods, and derivatives of nuts such as oils."
-Dealing with Food Allergies By, Janice Vickerstaff Joneja, PhD, RDN