Just wondering if anyone has a peanut allergy, and has eaten something with peanut flour listed as an ingredient and not had an allergic reaction?
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Thank you for your question. We are glad you did not have a reaction. It’s always important to read labels in case a food item contains ingredients you might not expect.
It’s usually recommended that you avoid any products with peanut flour or peanut oil. In addition, you should stay away from items that contain the warning ‘may contain traces of peanuts’ because of possible cross-contamination. The same goes for label that state the product was created in a facility that also processes peanuts. Although you did not react to peanut flour — and some people might not have reacted when eating products with cross contamination warnings — it’s always better to err on the side of caution. From now on, you should avoid products with peanut flour. Learn more about interpreting food labels here.
In addition, it’s important to check labels for new foods or foods that might not seem like they would peanuts as part of their ingredient list. Peanuts could be an ingredients even in foods that do not taste like peanuts. In addition, just because an allergic reaction to a food has been mild in the past does not mean that a serious reaction could not happen in the future. Read more about safe food practices here.
It’s also important that you and your family members review the steps for using an auto-injector in case of emergency. One of the most common errors when using an auto-injector include not depressing the the trigger with enough force to activate the injection. Hopefully you will not have a reaction any time in the near future but being prepared is always important. Read more tips on auto-injector use here.
We also reached out to our Facebook community with your question, and you can see their responses here.
We hope this information helps. Take care!
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