Did you know that 1 ounce of dry roasted peanuts contain more anti-oxidants than an apple?
Did you know that people who eat peanuts daily have a lower risk of death from all causes by 20%?
Nuts in general are fabulous foods which contain healthy fats, fiber and protein. Those who consumemore nuts have a lower rate of heart disease and high blood pressure. Then there is the peanut.Peanuts, not only contain healthy fats, but also have protein, niac
in, folate, vitamin E, zinc, andmanganese. Peanuts contain mono-unsaturated fatty acids which can lower badcholesterol helping to prevent coronary artery disease and stroke. Peanuts also contain resveratrol, a substance thought to reduce stroke risk, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The main caution with all nuts is the high calorie content. Make sure you only eat 1-2 servings per day
measure it out if necessary.
Wow! That is great but what about all the nut allergies we
If you have a peanut allergy, it is imperative that you stay away from peanuts, peanut butter, or any
foods which may have peanut in them. Unfortunately, a peanut allergy can be deadly, and I alwaysrecommend that you carry two EpiPens (injectable epinephrine) with you at all times. Talk to yourdoctor if you suspect that you or your child has a peanut allergy.
How do I prevent a peanut allergy? When is it safe to in
troduce peanut butter to my baby?
In 2015, a study from the NIH (National Institutes of Health) no
ted that the “Introduction of peanut products into the diets of infants at high risk of developing peanut allergy was safe and led to an 81 percent reduction in the subsequent development of the
This study was based on observations from a previous study in 2008 called the LEAP (Learning Early about Peanut Allergy), which found that Israeli children had lower rates of peanut allergy compared to Jewish children of similar ancestry from the United Kingdom. The Israeli kids began eating peanuts very early in life compared to the Jewish UK kids
and had less allergies to peanuts. Since these studies found that introducing peanuts early was harmless and actually helpful, most physicians have been recommending the introduction of peanut-containing foods after 6 months of age. With the 2015 NIH study, we now know there is actually a huge benefit to introducing peanut foods early. Our practice recommends starting soft table foods at 6 months old including peanut butter, eggs, and healthy fish such as cooked salmon (no sushi). The main foods to avoid in babies under twelve
months are honey, cow’s milk and any food your baby can choke on such as nuts, grapes, and
What kind of peanut butter should I feed my baby?
The type of peanut butter you feed your children is critically important. There should be only one
ingredient: peanuts. That’s it. If you are able to do organic peanut butter that is great. If you like the
unsalted peanut butter that is even better. Do not pick popular brands that contain sugars and oils, even ifthe brand says “heart healthy” or "healthy” READ THE LABEL!! Often manufacturers will still add oil andsugar. If you teach your baby right from six months old how to
eat healthy food and avoid anything you don’t want them to have, they will have no choice but to be