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Do your kids go to a peanut free school? Can they take a peanut butter replacement?

In Canada most elementary schools have banned peanuts for the safety of children diagnosed with a life threatening allergy to peanuts. Peanut butter has long been an inexpensive source of good protein. People have depended on it for school lunches. Now, there is SchoolSafe SoyButter a peanut butter replacement. What a great compromise for everyone! Like peanut butter but peanut free. It should not be a problem because of the for communication with the school. Some principals say no even though schools need to promote healthy eating. Does your school have these issues? Parents want healthy inexpensive protein and foods for their children. What can parents do?

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Asked by soybuttergirl at 9:16 PM on Aug. 20, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • My daughter's school was okay with Nutella as a peanut butter subsitute.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 9:18 PM on Aug. 20, 2010

  • Thank goodness I haven't had to deal with this. If we ever did, I'm not sure what we would do.

    I have a daugther who doesn't eat much meat, therefore she has packed lunches and relies on peanut butter most of the time at school. She would probably have to be satisfied with school lunches or get accustomed to soy butter.

    I wouldn't consider Nutella as a good substitute for peanut butter or protein. It's more like a dessert or a treat at our house, though we do have it with breakfast sometimes.

    Peanut butter protein=7 g
    Nutella protein=3 g

    Peanut butter sugar=3 g
    Nutella sugar=21 g

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 9:36 PM on Aug. 20, 2010

  • Our school cannot officially serve anything with peanuts but does allow peanut butter for lunch. By the end of kindergarten all the kids seem to be able to recite who has what allergy. But then again, it is a small school, with 40-50 per grade.

    Answer by balagan_imma at 10:06 PM on Aug. 20, 2010

  • Our school is not a peanut free school. If a child wants to bring peanut butter to school, there is a special booth for them to sit in. Personally, I don't send peanut butter, or anything with peanuts in it to school. The safety and well being of a student is more important to me than a peanut butter sandwich. I know there are moms who get so upset with the fact that their child can not bring peanut butter to school, but there are so many other healthy foods that the kids can eat, other than peanut butter. Besides that, if my kids really want peanut butter, they can have a sandwich at home.


    Answer by krissyvelazquez at 10:14 PM on Aug. 20, 2010

  • I've never heard of such a thing. I think I would pitch a fit if my school went peanut free... since the school lunches were so bad my one son would take lunch and he would take pb&j everyday. He didn't eat lunchmeat so it wasn't like he would take a bologna sandwich. As a matter of fact, if your kid forgot his lunch or had no lunch money, they would give them peanut butter crackers to hold them over.

    Answer by WoodWitch at 10:52 PM on Aug. 20, 2010

  • My kids school is not peanut free, but my daughter's preschool was. I didn't bother with a peanut butter replacement, I just sent other things (turkey, ham, cheese, etc)

    Answer by missanc at 12:29 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • my son doesnt go to school yet his only 2 but he does have a peanut alergy and i think that would be a great adea for all the schools to be like that because i remember they would always give out those peanut butter adn jelly cookies a couple years ago when i was in school and knowing kids sometimes they just want to eat it or they dont know it has peanuts or something and i think it wouldbe so much better to be peanut free

    Answer by Alejandra10 at 6:42 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • sunflower seed butter is a safe alternative, and not genetically modfied, like the product that you are pushing.

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:40 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • soybutter is so gross. But sunbutter is really good! Made from sunflower seeds

    Answer by Lynette at 6:31 PM on Aug. 23, 2010

  • there are many alternatives... but why not send meat as a protein? guess that would avoid most allergies... seems simple to me.

    Answer by asil at 10:52 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

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