ASCIA Dietary Guide - Peanut Allergy

This document has been developed by ASCIA, the peak professional body of clinical immunology/allergy specialists in Australia and New Zealand. ASCIA information is based on published literature and expert review, is not influenced by commercial organisations and is not intended to replace medical advice. For patient or carer support contact Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia or Allergy New Zealand.

ASCIA Dietary Avoidance for Food Allergy FAQ should be used with the ASCIA dietary guide for peanut allergy.

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 Peanuts can be found in a variety of foods including cereals, muesli bars, and bakery items. Avoiding peanut is essential for people with confirmed peanut allergy.

The following foods CONTAIN peanut and should be avoided:

Arachis oil

Monkey nuts

Peanut flour

Beer nuts


Peanut oil (cold pressed, expelled or extruded)

Goober nuts


Peanut sauce



Peanut sprouts


Peanut butter


Mixed nuts

Peanut brittle


Check labels on the following foods to see if they contain peanut and if they do, avoid them:

African dishes



Asian/Indian dishes

Flavourings (natural or artificial)


Baked goods

Fried food (peanut oil)




Rocky road

Breakfast cereal

Health food bars

Salad/salad dressing

Cakes, slices

Hydrolysed/textured vegetable protein



Ice cream

Snack foods

Chocolate spreads/paste



Confectionary/some Indian confectionary

Mexican dishes


Curry paste


Takeaway/restaurant food


Pasta sauces

Vegetarian foods

Dried fruit mixes/trail mix



Most people with peanut allergy can tolerate other legumes such as beans, pulses, peas and lentils. Nutmeg, water chestnuts and coconuts are not related to peanuts.

Highly refined peanut oils are unlikely to cause a reaction in people with a peanut allergy. Avoid peanut oil which is cold pressed, expressed or expelled.

Peanut oil can be in cosmetics, shampoos and moisturisers. Ingredient names include arachis oil, sodium peanutate and peanutamide. People that are highly allergic should avoid products with these ingredients.

"May contain traces of peanuts" on a label indicates that the food is made in a facility that makes other foods containing peanuts. The raw ingredients may be contaminated with peanuts, however the food does not have peanuts as an ingredient. A clinical immunology/allergy specialist will advise if these foods should be avoided.

Unlabelled food and food consumed outside the home has a higher allergy risk than food labelled as possibly containing traces of peanuts.

Prepared unlabelled food (such as those from cake shops, food malls and restaurants) may contain or be contaminated with peanuts.

These food lists are not exhaustive. People with food allergy should check food labels each time products are purchased.

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