Peanut Butter substitutes good/bad idea?

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 5:04am
Mom2Ian's picture
Joined: 02/26/2007 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 6:19am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

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.

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 8:28am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2007 - 7:15am
Mom2Sariah's picture
Joined: 12/14/2003 - 09:00

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!

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2007 - 10:23am
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

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*

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 6:17am
kandomom's picture
Joined: 01/12/2006 - 09:00

If your DD and DH like the peanut butter substitutes, I don't see a problem in keeping them in the house.
Your allergic child might like one of the substitutes too.
Are you asking if it will be confusing for your PA child to eat something that looks like PB? And PA child may eat something (somewhere else), thinking that it is the substitute when it is actually PB?
Depends on the age of your PA child. If you are still around during play dates, if PA child is in some else's care etc. You are new to this, so I am sure you are watchful.
Establish the rule that PA child does not eat any food unless parent okays it.
Explain that the substitute is safe, show the jar, smell etc. Explain it resembles PB but isn't and is OK because it comes from home/parent approved etc. Repeat lesson often until child understands.
Encourage PA child to try the substitute, if child wants. If not, that is OK. My PA child was hesitant, and she was 8. She eventually tried the 2 substitutes, after all of us tried it. She will not eat anything that resembles PB, unless she is at home and knows it is soy nut butter.
Regarding the substitutes:
Pea butter- made from peas. My PA child does not eat since she is allergic to peas. Family has not tried it.
Sun butter- made from sun flower seeds. We've all tried it. It is OK, but family said if I "don't buy it again it is OK".
Soy nut butter- made from soy nuts. We've all tried this (regular and honey variety) and this is what I buy. We like it, except PA child- she finds it dry, but she will eat it on occasion.
You are new to this. Don't worry, you will find your comfort zone.

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 6:48am
Mom2Ian's picture
Joined: 02/26/2007 - 09:00

Thanks that was my fear based on what others have posted. He is only two and right now all care givers are informed but since its new to all of use I worry about mistakes especially with MIL ( I posted about that on Living with PA) Who to me does not yet seem to realize how dangerous this is.
PS Soybutter is out too.
[This message has been edited by Mom2Ian (edited March 15, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 7:05am
gvmom's picture
Joined: 08/24/2005 - 09:00

We like Sunbutter in our house. Our DS who is PA/TNA only likes it in cookies though. The rest of us eat it in sandwiches, on crackers, with chocolate [img][/img], etc.....
We don't eat it anywhere but in our home either. It looks, smells and tastes so close to peanut butter, that we never want to give out the impression that we are actually eating PB -- it could end up with dangerous results.

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 7:24am
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by gvmom:
[b]We like Sunbutter in our house. Our DS who is PA/TNA only likes it in cookies though. The rest of us eat it in sandwiches, on crackers, with chocolate [img][/img], etc.....
We don't eat it anywhere but in our home either. It looks, smells and tastes so close to peanut butter, that we never want to give out the impression that we are actually eating PB -- it could end up with dangerous results. [/b]
I agree 100%.
My son won't touch sunbutter, but even if he would eat it, I would not send it to school. Too confusing....people might actually assume he's really eating pb, I think it's a bad idea.
However, if I had a non-allergic child, I would send a substitute with that child.

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 8:13am
ajas_folks's picture
Joined: 04/28/2000 - 09:00

Anybody know what is going on with Sunbutter right now? Website is inaccessible.
Was going to order items for kids' classes at school . . .
Hmmmmmm .. . .

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 8:23am
gvmom's picture
Joined: 08/24/2005 - 09:00

I ordered some yesterday. No problems. Maybe try later, it could be they are doing maintenance (isn't that the usual excuse for companies & websites these days?!).
And, you know, I thought about if I would send it with our non PA/TNA child, and I don't think I would. For us, just given our school dynamic, I still can't afford for anyone to think we've changed our no nut policy at our home. If anyone saw my younger guy with it, for us, it could be problematic.


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