Soy Butter

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Hi, I work for Consumer Reports and am doing a short piece for television on peanut allergies and the use of soy butter. I am looking for a family in the New York City/Westchester area with a kid who is allergic to peanuts, and ideally, uses soy butter. If anyone is interested in participating, please e-mail me at [email]clevenger1972@hotmail.com[/email]. Thanks.

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On Mar 1, 2002

I don't suppose the print or web versions of the magazine would ever be willing to highlight PA, would they? Just checking- and plugging a little! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

On Mar 1, 2002

I just want to remind people who are using soynut butter as a substitute for peanut butter to watch your child for allergic reactions. Soybeans are legumes, like peanuts, and it's not uncommon for people who are allergic to peanuts to also be allergic to other legumes. Also, like peanuts, soy is one of the more common food allergies in its own right.

After my son became allergic to peanuts, we were letting him have soynut butter sandwiches as often as he wanted for lunch. Not surprisingly, considering that he probably consumed more soy protein in a single soynut butter sandwich than he had previously consumed in a year [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img], he's now become allergic to soy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] Ack!

Debbie

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On Mar 5, 2002

That's the same reason I won't buy Soynut butter anymore--I try to limit his consumption of other legumes. We tried it once, but have since tried the Pumpkin Seed butter advertised on one of these boards. Mix it with some powdered sugar to taste, and voila! It's a delicious, acceptable, green alternative to PB or Soynut butter. However, I have to add my son has no problems with pumpkin seeds either, and he doesn't care for the taste of any of these "butters" including the pumpkin seed. But my daughters love them, and although I'm not a PB lover, I think it's a pretty good spread on toast and so does my husband.

On Mar 5, 2002

I have never seen pumpkin seed butter. Where do you get it - health food store? Is is green in color?

On Mar 6, 2002

See "Products for our Community" board. I found out about the PS butter there and wrote about my family's experience with it.

On Mar 6, 2002

I have been wanting to purchase soy nut butter for some time. I can't find it anywhere where I live (Missouri). My two PA girls started out allergic to peanuts, soy, wheat and eggs but have gradually outgrown the soy, wheat and egg allergies. Peanut is the only one they were definitely anaphylactic too. Since my girls have outgrown the soy allergy I am assuming that they could safely eat the soy nut butter. Is there any danger in giving it to them, that anyone knows of? Also, my only big concern is that they will like it a lot and then want to try peanut butter (which they sometimes mention wanting to do - especially when they see commercials on tv). They are highly sensitive to peanuts so I do have a concern about giving them anything that might resemble peanuts or peanut butter. We avoid all nuts for this reason (even though they are not allergic to tree nuts) and avoid foods and products that closely resemble peanut-containing products. On the other hand, I would kind of like for them to have some peanut butter alternative so they can indulge themselves in something similar to what all the other kids can have. Anyone have any opinion on this either way?? They are currently ages 3 and 6. Thanks, Joey

On Mar 6, 2002

I.M. Healthy (brand name)Soy Nut Butter is peanut and tree nut free, and tastes like PB - they even have a chunky style. If you can't buy them in MN (health food store or organic grocery?) try the web...They are in Illinois.

However I do think that waiting to give it to your kids until they can understand this is "safe" vs real PB is a good idea. My dd is 7 now and the soy nut butter has been used in a few recipes that she has eaten, but is mainly a spread for me and her cousins to use.

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On Mar 7, 2002

Chicago: So do you just use the soy nut butter as a peanut butter alternative for everyone except your PA child or does your PA child just prefer not to have it? I am kind of torn between what to do. On the one hand, I want a peanut butter alternative in the home (for the nonPA members, if not the PA ones) but I don't want to make it seem like peanut butter is something I miss so much that I can't live without it or something like it. My PA kids are only 3 and 6 so I'm trying to decide what age is "old enough" to discern the difference between safe and nonsafe foods. I don't want to run the risk of giving them the false sense of security of thinking they are actually eating peanut butter. The 3 yr old might be confused about that. I hope any of that made sense. ha ha. My 6 yr old has mentioned she'd like the oppportunity to try soy nut butter. I don't think the 3 yr old cares at all. She is very comfortable and accepting of the fact that there are a lot of things she cannot eat. Peer pressure also hasn't come into play much for her yet, like it has for the one in kindergarten. Thanks for the info. Joey

On Mar 7, 2002

Joeybeth: I have 5 yr old triplet boys, only one has PA. We just started using SoyNut Butter this past year. Like you, I wanted to wait until they could understand that although Soynut Butter tastes and looks just like PB...it is not. Up until this past year, I wasn't sure that they could make that distinction. But now, they definately understand there is a difference.

All my boys eat it...although my son with PA is not a huge lover of it. (Since I realize that soy allergies are sometimes closely related to peanut allergies...I don't push the soynut butter on him. I try to have lunch/snack choices that he likes more than the Soynut butter so he really doesn't choose it all that often. It is nice though, because if he sees someone eating PB on an apple and wants to try it...we have an alternative.) One of my non-PA boys, however, absolutely LOVES it!(As does dh!).

Good luck with what you decide!

Kelly

On Mar 7, 2002

Joeybeth,

PA and TNA dd knows she can have it, that it is safe etc...just doesn't feel the need to eat it. She is a "very selective" eater in general. I like having it as an alternative for her cousins who are here often and for myself and not having to worry about residue or whatever.

Even if she wanted me to, I would hesitiate to send it in her lunch at school, just because I would hate for any of the staff to think it was real PB and think I am a crazy lady! Also, while she understands it is safe and different, it could confuse the other kids who are some of the greatest supporters in keeping her safe. I would certainly reconsider this in the future if she wanted it - but cream cheese and jelly is her favorite now, so no worries.

On Mar 7, 2002

Chicago: I am also fortunate that both my PA girls are very picky eaters and peanut containing foods very seldom would appeal to them even if they could eat them. That helps a lot. Sometimes they get a little envious when they see something like a reeses peanut butter cereal commercial which makes the cereal look so fun and cool. My girls don't like cookies, cake and other sweets very much either (other than hershey bars) so that helps too. I like your idea of keeping a peanut butter alternative in the household for siblings, relatives and friends, and mom and dad. Like you, I doubt I would send it to school with the PA child just to avoid confusing the teachers and especially the other kids. My kindergartner's friends are very good about paying attention to what's in their lunch and their neighbor's lunch in the cafeteria and they would definitely notice if I sent something with Bryce that resembled peanut butter in any way. I think we will try the soy nut butter at home. I am very curious to see what it tastes like and see if the kids like it too. I haven't located any here but I am looking. Thanks. Joey

On Mar 8, 2002

The first time we found the IM Healthy brand soybutter we were SO excited. My non-PA allergic child just LOVED it. PA allergic ds tried one bite and said it was disgusting and spit it out. A few months later, his allergy to soy was confirmed. So I just wanted to say, if your child does not want to eat it for any reason, DON'T push it. I tried, but there was no way ds was going to put it in his mouth, I can just imagine what the reaction would have been if he had listened to me and actually swallowed some of it! Ugh!

On Mar 12, 2002

For those of you having trouble finding the soynut butter locally, check out [url="http://www.nutbusters.com."]http://www.nutbusters.com.[/url] I found them through this site originally, I think, and I can't say enough nice things about the company. Another mom and I order the soynut butter by the case from there (shipping on a case is free) and split it, and the company has always been really nice, organized, and speedy.

Miriam

On Mar 12, 2002

I just have to add our children are obviously prone to allergies in general so why give them tons of soy?

I have to agree with DRobbins, I'm staying away from it.

It sounds too concentrated.

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