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Peanut

(May 2017)

Foods and ingredients to avoid if you are allergic to peanut:

  • Arachis, arachis (peanut) oil
  • Beer nuts
  • Earth nuts
  • Goober nuts
  • Groundnuts
  • Groundnut oil
  • Madelonas
  • Mixed nuts
  • Monkey nuts
  • Nu-nuts
  • Nut pieces
  • Nutmeat
  • Peanut (e.g. whole, blanched, chopped, flour, meal, paste)
  • Peanut brittle
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanut oil (cold pressed, expelled, hydrogenated, expressed or extruded)
  • Peanut sprouts
  • Satay

Check labels on the following foods to see if they contain peanut and if they do, avoid them:

  • African dishes
  • Asian/Indian dishes
  • Backed goods (e.g. biscuits, cakes, slices, pastries)
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Chocolates
  • Chocolate spreads, paste
  • Confectionery
  • Curry paste
  • Dried fruit mixes, trail mix
  • Fried food (peanut oil)
  • Gravy
  • Ice cream
  • Marzipan
  • Mexican dishes
  • Muesli bars
  • Nougat
  • Pasta sauces
  • Pesto
  • Praline
  • Salad/salad dressing
  • Sauces
  • Snack foods
  • Soup
  • Stuffing
  • Tahini
  • Takeaway/restaurant food

Allergy specialists often advise peanut-allergic individuals to also avoid tree nuts.

Most people who are allergic to peanuts are not allergic to other legumes, such as beans, pulses, peas and lentils. However, peanut allergic individuals may react to lupin (e.g. lupin flour and lupin in beans). Those with nut allergy generally do not need to avoid coconut, nutmeg or water chestnuts.

This is not a complete or comprehensive list of ingredients to avoid but is intended as helpful information for people living with peanut allergy. It is NOT meant to replace medical advice given by your doctor.

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