Health Watch - Dangerous Food: Alternative Butters

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about nutritious foods that may be dangerous for some people. Previously, we discussed how dangerous peanut allergies can be. Because of this danger, some schools are banning peanut products entirely. What does this mean for the classic lunchbox staple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?

Peanut butter sandwiches are a popular and practical lunch choice – they’re nutritious, they don’t require refrigeration and kids like them. Joyce Barnett, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says if you can’t put peanut butter in the lunch box either because of your child’s allergies or because of school rules, other nut butters may provide an alternative. Almond butter offers a lot of nutrition, but does contain tree nuts, which may also trigger allergies. Soy nut butter is free of tree nuts and peanuts, but could be a problem if there are soy allergies. Sunflower seed butter is good for children with allergies and is high in vitamin E.   

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July 2011

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