About Peanut Allergies

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About Peanut Allergies

About Peanut Allergies

Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies. Peanuts can cause a severe, potentially fatal, allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Therefore it is advised that people with peanut allergy have quick access to an epinephrine auto-injector at all times. Peanut allergies tend to be lifelong, although studies indicate that approximately 20 percent of children with peanut allergy do eventually outgrow their allergy.

Peanuts are not the same as tree nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc.), which grow on trees. Peanuts grow underground and are part of a different plant family, the legumes. Other examples of legumes include beans, peas, lentils and soybeans. If you are allergic to peanuts, you do not have a greater chance of being allergic to another legume (including soy) than you would to any other food.

Trace amounts of peanut can cause an allergic reaction. Casual contact with peanuts, such as touching peanuts or peanut butter residue, is less likely to trigger a severe reaction. Casual contact becomes a concern if the area that comes into contact with peanuts then comes into contact with the eyes, nose or mouth (for example, a child with peanut allergy gets peanut butter on her fingers, and then rubs her eyes).

Based on recent studies, an estimated 25-40 percent of people who have peanut allergy also are allergic to tree nuts.2 In addition, peanuts and tree nuts often come into contact with one another during manufacturing and serving processes. For these reasons, allergists usually tell their patients with peanut allergy to avoid tree nuts as well.


Avoid foods that contain peanuts or any of these ingredients:

Artificial nuts
Beer nuts
Cold pressed, expeller pressed or extruded peanut oil
Ground nuts
Mandelonas (peanuts soaked in almond flavoring)
Mixed nuts
Monkey nuts
Nut meat
Nut pieces
Peanut butter
Peanut flour
Peanut protein hydrolysate

Peanut is sometimes found in the following:

Baked goods (e.g., pastries, cookies)
Candy (including chocolate candy)
Egg rolls
Enchilada sauce
Mole sauce

Some Unexpected Sources of Peanut:

African, Asian and Mexican dishes
Sauces such as chili sauce, hot sauce, pesto, gravy, mole sauce and salad dressing
Sweets such as pudding, cookies, baked goods, pies and hot chocolate
Egg rolls
Specialty pizzas
Some vegetarian food products, especially those advertised as meat substitutes
Foods that contain extruded, cold-pressed or expelled peanut oil, which may contain peanut protein
Glazes and marinades
Pet food

Gerbs Roasted and/or seasoned lines are Made, Packaged, Processed, and Shipped in our facility in the historic PK Foundry building in Johnston, Rhode Island. We do not use any cooking oils, thus everything is dry roasted at low temperatures to lock in the natural vitamins, minerals, & omega fatty acids, because we feel baking in a pool of oil is just as unhealthy as frying! We maybe a small business located in the smallest state, but we THINK BIG – Gerbs is unique compared to any of our competition, in that we handle all aspects of operation – from purchasing, production, storage, and distribution/shipping on our 100% dedicated packaging equipment by our specially trained and caring staff.

Gerbs is All Natural

  • Non-GMO
  • Chemical Free
  • Preservative Free
  • Nothing Artificial
  • Nitrates/Nitrite Free
  • Trans-Fat Free
  • MSG Free

Recognized Allergens

Our entire product line is FREE from the Top 11 Recognized Allergen’s. We inspect, roast, package, store, and ship all our lines to ensure Gerbs are: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Legume Free (which includes beans, peas, lentils, chick peas, lupine), Soy Free, Egg Free, Sesame Free, Milk/Dairy Free, Fish Free, Crustacean Free, Shellfish Free, and Mustard Free.

Testimonial from GrandMama

I first purchased this snack mix at their vendor stand, when I attended the Gluten Free Expo. I was hooked from the first bite! It is the right blend of sweet and salty, along with being vegan and free from the top 10 allergens. Perfect for my allergy family! I appreciate finding a product of such great quality, combined with the assurances that they provide with their Certificate of Authenticity. They will get much repeat business from me!