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Peanut Butter substitutes good/bad idea?

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I posted this on the main board also because I was not sure where it should go.

I had to take all peanut products out of the house after ds was diagnosed two weeks ago (that was fairly easy except I keep finding out that something else is not safe.) Anyway, dd and dh are both big PB fans. I was looking into buying a substitute and have read a few comments here about them being confusing and unsafe.

Dh can adjust but I hate to keep taking things away from dd it does not seem fair. However, even she at four understands that ds needs safe foods. I

On Mar 15, 2007

IMO, if you let your child know that it is not really PB, and they truly understand they can't eat PB, then I think a PB substitute is fine. But I know, from previous threads, there are others here who do not think it is safe for their children, who may get confused about what they can/cannot have. It really is up to you and what you are comfortable with and what works for your family.

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On Mar 15, 2007

We have substitutes (Sunbutter, Soy Nut Butter, and Peabutter) and have never had any problem with confusion.

I don't think it's any more confusing than any other food--you give your child bread, cookies, etc. that looks similar to unsafe bread or cookies. Why should PB subs be any different?

I think to eliminate any confusion, don't tell your kids that X brand is safe, just always have them check with you. Read the label on every container. Then tell them you've checked this box/can/whatever and this one is ok.


------------------ Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

On Aug 10, 2007

Just wanted to say that I kept subs away from dd until a month ago (she just turned 5). She had seen peanut butter before and I wanted her to be old enough to know that they can look alike but not be the same. Sometimes children don't get the concept of how it looks the same but it's different. We had about a week of questions after introducing it to She really really LOVES Sunbutter sandwhiches now!

I think it's a personal choice for what you think your children can handle though!

On Aug 10, 2007

I don't see why it would be a bad idea if you're dealing with a child that understands there's a difference between the substitute you're using at home and PB.

We use sunbutter here. Jason doesn't like the texture, but Allison lives on the stuff. I foresee this being a problem when she starts kindy in a few weeks.

------------------ Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, coconut, sesame, squid) Joey (7 NKA) Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now) Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*