Peanut Intolerance

Peanut Intolerance Information

One of the first things to mention when discussing a peanut intolerance is that a peanut intolerance is NOT the same thing as a peanut allergy. Peanut allergy symptoms are immediate negative responses that can be incredibly severe and sometimes life-threatening. A peanut allergy can cause serious issues such as throat swelling and large drops in blood pressure. They can be fatal.

Conversely, peanut intolerance symptoms are often delayed by several hours and are not life-threatening. Peanut allergy symptoms are instead considered “lifestyle-threatening” as they can make day-to-day life difficult or uncomfortable. Some people who have a peanut intolerance are able to eat small amounts of peanuts or products that may have come into contact with peanuts. A person with a peanut allergy would need to avoid those foods and peanuts entirely.

Peanut intolerances can develop later in life. Someone who previously had no issue consuming peanuts or peanut products may later find that they experience issues when eating them. In addition, as the symptoms are often delayed, it can be difficult for many people to connect what they are feeling with the foods they have eaten. For this reason, many people live with peanut intolerances and their associated symptoms for quite some time before realizes exactly what is causing their pain or discomfort.

What is a Peanut Intolerance?

A peanut intolerance is a situation where a person either has an immune intolerance to peanuts or a digestive intolerance that does not allow him or her to properly digest peanuts. In the case of a digestive peanut intolerance, a person will have difficulty absorbing and digesting peanuts. This causes a number of different issues.

In the case of an immune intolerance, the body activates to the food by activating a immune response. This causes negative symptoms, but they are more unique to the individual.

In either case, ingesting peanuts alone or as part of a larger meal can cause difficulty. Unlike a peanut allergy, the response is delayed by several hours and it can take up to a day or more for peanut intolerance symptoms to appear.

Digestive Peanut Intolerance Symptoms

As mentioned earlier, there are two types of food intolerances: digestive intolerances and immune intolerances.

A person with an immune peanut intolerance will feel unwell after consuming peanuts, however the particular symptoms that appear will depend greatly on the individual.

While digestive peanut intolerances also vary from person-to-person, there is a set of peanut intolerance symptoms that are somewhat common. Not all people with a peanut intolerance will experience all of these symptoms. In addition, the delay between eating peanuts and the time at which the symptoms appear as well as the severity of the symptoms and the length of time that they last is quite different for each individual. Common digestive peanut intolerance symptoms include: stomach pain, cramping, excessive gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other similar issues.

Peanut Intolerance Treatment

Peanuts are a very common food. They appear in a wide variety of recipes, from salads and main courses to desserts and snacks. In addition, many foods are prepared with peanut oils or produced in facilities where peanuts are also processed. Depending on the individual and the severity of the peanut intolerance, a person may not be able to eat any foods that are prepared with or near peanuts. Others should avoid eating peanuts themselves, while eating foods that are prepared near peanuts causes no issues. Some people with a peanut intolerance may be able to eat a small amount of peanuts without experiencing symptoms.

A person with a peanut intolerance is typically advised to remove peanuts and peanut products from his or her diet for a period of time. Thankfully, there are currently a number of “peanut-free” products available on the market, so this process is no longer as difficult as it once was. A person with a peanut intolerance should take care to read labels and to ask questions in restaurants to ensure that the foods they are eating do not contain peanuts.

The removal of peanuts from one’s diet is not permanent in most cases. With the advice of a medical professional, a person is often able to return to eating peanuts at a later date without experiencing symptoms.

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