With food allergies on the rise.
peanut products have been banned from many school
lunchrooms out of concern for allergic students.
This can leave many parents scrambling for different
Consumer Reports offers some alternatives for the
P- B in your P- B and J.
News 8's Martha Koloski has more.
Peanut butter and jelly - a favorite of kids everywhere.
But almost one third of schools have gone
There are many of other nut butters on the market
today and most of them can be brought safely into
a peanut-free school.
Consumer Reports evaluated a dozen cashew and almond-based
spreads for nutrition and taste.
Like peanut butter, they are a source of protein and
help keep your kid full longer.
Almond butters have around 6 to 7 grams of protein
per serving and cashew spreads have between 4 and
To prevent separation and give nut butters a creamy
texture, some manufacturers add a little hydrogenated
vegetable oil, palm or palm fruit oil, but those are
mostly saturated fats.
We found the spreads with the fewest ingredients,
basically just nuts, were healthier and they tasted
Consumer Reports expert tasters gave high scores to
Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Almond Butter Creamy
for its distinct roasted almond flavor.
Kirkland Signature Creamy Almond Butter from Costco
has natural sweetness.
As for cashew butters, Consumer Reports recommends
Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Cashew Butter Creamy.
If you want organic Once Again Organic Creamy Cashew
Butter has a roasted cashew flavor.
Consumer Reports recommends Sunbutter Natural Sunflower
Spread or Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Butter.
When shopping for children with a nut allergy, read
Manufacturers are required to list whether the product
contains peanuts or other nuts.