Hold the Peanuts, Please

flickr: Dan4th

flickr: Dan4th

Quick Facts

  • Peanut and tree nut allergies affect about three million Americans
  • Peanuts are one of the most common causes of death from food allergies
  • This allergy is usually lifelong

What is Peanut Allergy?

People with a peanut allergy have a hypersensitive reaction to dietary substances that contain peanuts. Peanuts cause an overreaction of the immune system to those who are allergic and can lead to severe physical symptoms. These symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, swelling, eczema, asthma, and at worst, anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction and when one goes into anaphylic shock, the release of histamine causes throat swelling, breathing difficulty, heart failure, circulatory collapse, and sometimes death.

What to do and What to eat?

Because the symptoms of peanut allergy can be drastic and the presence of peanuts can be hidden (i.e. sauces, artificial flavoring, baked goods, candy, pudding, egg rolls, pancakes, etc…), avoiding peanuts require a lot of vigilance. Even when going to a restaurant and ordering a peanut-free item, those with severe peanut allergy worry about cross-contamination. Certain food establishments, such as African, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Indian restaurants; bakeries; and ice cream shops are considered high-risk for people with a peanut allergy. Individuals who are deathly allergic to peanuts probably find themselves cooking at home more often.

How Fitsme Can Help?

Fitsme helps you discover recipes that fit your lifestyle. With our Food Personality Builder you can tell us the foods you like, the foods you could do without, and the foods you must avoid, and our app will curate a set of recipes that accommodate your allergies, diet restrictions, and taste buds.

For you are allergic to peanuts, make sure to note “peanuts” in the allergy section. See how we can help make you  life a little easier by signing up today!

-By Brian Van

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