Making Up Lost Time With Peanut Butter
The title of the this post does sound rather strange. You see, back in the 80s, barely a tween, I went to the allergist and took an allergy test. I had a positive reaction to peanut butter, and since that day, I did my best to avoid peanut butter and other products that contained it.
There were times when I unknowingly ingested the product, as in, eating a cracker and not knowing it contained peanut butter, but there was no allergic reaction after consumption. No hives, no closing of the throat, nothing. Still, I didn’t want to leave it to chance and I eventually avoided it all together. I made sure to read product labels, and asked if a certain food contained peanut butter if it was offered to me.
Fifteen years later, that was all about to change. I was tired of reading ingredient labels and missing out on the nutritional benefits of peanut butter. It was time to take another allergy test. I heard that allergies come and go, so I wanted to see if I was still allergic to peanut butter. Last year, I took an allergy test that included 40 common food allergens.
Peanut butter wasn’t listed as one of the allergens I was testing for, but peanuts were on the list, so I figured that it was close enough. After going through a set of prick tests, the area of my arm with the peanut allergen didn’t show any reaction, not even a hint of redness or a small bump. Could this be true? Did my allergy to peanut butter go away? Were the results of my first allergy test full of false positives? I will never know.
I took the allergy test in October, and four months would pass until I walked down the peanut butter and jelly aisle of the supermarket. I picked up the first jar and looked at the ingredients label. No, I wasn’t looking for peanut-free peanut butter. I was looking for high fructose corn syrup. If it was listed, I would continue to look for a brand of peanut butter that didn’t contain it.
At last, I found a jar of all-natural peanut butter, made out of 100% peanuts, no sugar, no salt, or any other type of ingredients.
Peanut butter my friend, we have a lot of catching up to do.