I don’t think we’ll ever discover why our generation of children have peanut allergies. Surely it has something to do with genetically modified foods and the chemicals farmers spray on our crops, but I digress.
Now that there are so many children with peanut allergies we have to find alternative ways to send our kids to school with the good old-fashioned PB&J sandwich sans the peanut butter, of course.
“Spreads made from other nuts or seeds provide a nutritious alternative to peanut butter,” said Joyce Barnett, a registered dietitian and assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern.
She recommended that parents give the following spreads a whirl.
• Almond butter – This nut butter is high in protein and is a great source of potassium. Research has shown that almonds, which are tree nuts, can help reduce the risk of heart disease as well as total cholesterol levels.
• Soy nut butter – Made from soybeans, soy nut butter generally has as much fiber as its peanut counterpart. It’s peanut and tree-nut free, but children with soy allergies should avoid it.
• Sunflower seed butter – Another spread created for kids with peanut allergies, sunflower butter is peanut and tree-nut free. One two-tablespoon serving has more than a third of a child’s daily magnesium and vitamin E requirements