A single peanut is power packed with energy. Calories that is. 8 calories to be more exact. It has a significant amount of protein and good quality fat. It also has virtually no carbohydrates. As a consequence, it makes for a good source of fat and protein as long as you eat in moderation. Peanut butter is highly recommended for children and adult alike. However, it comes with some risk. People have been known to have allergies to peanuts.
Peanut allergies are known to cause more death from anaphylaxis or constriction of the throat than any other allergy. Other symptoms include rashes, nausea or a runny nose. Though deaths are rare, if you do manage to get an allergy, you never outgrow it and always need to be watchful. Peanuts have a nasty way of working their way into your foods. Even simple condiments can at times have peanuts in them. Almost 2 percent of the population of the United States are known to be allergic to peanuts. If you have children who are young and have not yet been diagnosed for allergies, it may be useful to perform an allergy test to be sure.
If you have small children or know people who do, Doctors are now recommending that you introduce peanuts into their diet early and often. If they can digest eggs, peanuts can also be introduced into the diet of children at six months. Since they are too young to digest solid foods, you can try peanut butter in water and give them a few sips. This single act can help them develop the capacity to absorb peanuts and prevent lifelong risk of peanut allergy. This does not eliminate the risk completely but significantly reduces it.
If you do not have allergies to peanuts and do indulge, make sure that you consume unsalted. You are most likely consuming too much sodium anyways.