When ordering food
Though it’s preferable for you to only consume food made by you or someone you trust who is aware of your allergies and knowledgeable in handling them, there’s no need to completely miss out on ordering food as long as you scrutinize what goes into it.
Make sure to read food labels and be vigilant in asking about ingredients for food prepared by others. This involves informing them about your allergies and the extent of their effect, ensuring that food is prepared in a sanitary way to avoid cross-contamination, and asking which dishes don’t have any of your allergens. It’s also important to ask about the glazes and marinades used in the dishes.
Make sure to pay attention to the sauces and garnishes you’re using as well. Chili, chili oil, and other premixed spices could either include nuts or have come in contact with it. The same goes for egg rolls, hot sauce, gravy, mole, enchilada sauce, and salad dressing. Food served with pancakes, ice cream, or nougat, and marzipan such as sweets like pudding and other baked goods could also trigger allergic reactions so it’s best to stay away.
A common misconception is thinking that being allergic to peanuts means being allergic to tree nuts and nuts in general. However, this isn’t the case because peanuts aren’t actually nuts, they’re legumes.
Another common misconception is thinking that refined peanut oil is not safe food for nut allergies. As long as they’re of good quality and manufactured in a sanitary way, they usually pose no risk even to people with peanut allergies. In any case, it’s best to consult your doctor to make sure if food with refined peanut oil is food to avoid for nut allergies or not.