Health Watch - School Days: In the Lunch Box

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The new school year is getting under way, and this week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about getting kids off to a good start. Peanut butter sandwiches are a staple of school lunchboxes, but what if your child is allergic to peanuts, or if your child’s school bans peanut products because of allergies?

Joyce Barnett, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says other nut butters can provide a nutritious alternative to peanut butter. Almond butter is a good source of protein and potassium. Because it’s made from tree nuts instead of legumes, children with peanut allergies may be able eat it. Soy nut butter, made from soybeans, and sunflower seed butter, are other peanut butter alternatives that don’t contain peanuts or tree nuts and that do provide important nutrients. Try one of these in place of peanut butter.

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September 2009

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