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Peanut Butter

Frequently Asked Questions



What are some recipes that use peanut butter?

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What nutrients does peanut butter provide?

  • Protein is needed for growth, development and repair of your muscles and other body tissues. It also helps fight infections and disease.
  • Folic Acid helps to decrease spinal birth defects during the first months of pregnancy and has been shown to lower your risk of heart disease.
  • Peanut butter has fat in it. Try to use no more than 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (about the size of a ping-pong ball) per day.

NOTE: The American Heart Association recommends that most of the fat in your diet come from monounsaturated fat food sources like nuts and seeds and their oils.

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Is it OK to feed peanut butter to my young child?

Peanut butter is available from WIC once a child turns one year old. Peanut butter has a lot of nutrients and makes a great snack. However, young children often swallow without chewing, and sticky foods like peanut butter can increase the risk of choking.

You may choose to wait until your child is 2 - 3 years old before giving her peanut butter.

If you want to give your young child peanut butter, the best way to make sure she is safe while eating it is:

  • Always spread it thinly on a cracker or piece of toast
  • Do not serve it alone or on a spoon
  • Always have your child sit down while eating
  • Stay with her while she eats

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Can peanut butter cause an allergic reaction?

About 1.5 million Americans have a severe allergy to peanuts. The symptoms for peanut allergy can range from mild, like an itchy throat, to very severe, such as anaphylactic shock.

TIP: If you or your child has a peanut allergy, choose beans in your WIC food package instead of peanut butter.

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What is "natural" peanut butter and can you buy it with your WIC vouchers?

Natural peanut butter is made from ground peanuts and usually a little bit of salt or peanut oil with no added sugar. It does not contain hydrogenated oils. This means the oil and peanuts may separate.

You can buy natural peanut butter with your WIC vouchers!

TIP: Sometimes the oil in natural peanut butter separates; just stir it together before use.

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For what reasons are you not allowed to buy "reduced-fat" peanut butter spread with your WIC vouchers?

Reduced-fat peanut butter spreads do not meet the Standard of Identity for peanut butter, which is why they are called "spreads".

Reduced-fat peanut butter spread is often made by replacing some of the fat with corn syrup solids. Corn syrup solids are a type of sugar and add lots of calories.

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