Peanut allergy: Is Nutella a safe substitute for peanut butter?

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Peanut allergy: Is Nutella a safe substitute for peanut butter?

Question

My son has a peanut allergy. Can he safely use Nutella in place of peanut butter?

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Answer

Nutella is a chocolate hazelnut spread that also contains peanut oil. Some individuals with a peanut allergy may safely consume peanut oil. But there is a chance that the peanut oil could contain some proteins from the peanut, which would make it unsafe for people with peanut allergy. It is probably best to avoid using anything that contains peanut oil unless your son's allergist has told you that it is OK.

Also, many allergists recommend that people with peanut allergy also avoid tree nuts — such as hazelnuts — as an added precaution. Check with your doctor regarding your son's specific allergy restrictions.

Last Updated: 03/13/2006
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