Back to school means snack time.
It's a great time for all of us to become more aware of the great things about peanuts, but also remember that some people are allergic to them.
This is one salty snack!
Peanuts have been around for a really long time and are a popular snack. But there are a lot of people who are very allergic to them.
It's such a common allergy that you might even know someone who is allergic to peanuts.
And it's not just a simple sneeze (achoo!) type of allergy either. This type of allergy can be very serious.
Many people who have it carry a special medication called epinephrine. They can take it right away if they come in contact with peanuts.
Today, most food companies are very aware of this allergy. There are many peanut-free foods you can buy.
Many schools are peanut-free. You should let your guardian know if your school is peanut-free so that they can pack peanut-free lunches and snacks. It's one way you can help to make sure your friends with peanut allergies stay safe.
There's a good side to peanuts too!
Check out some amazing and fun facts about the peanut that you may not have known.
Although they have “nut” in their name, peanuts are actually legumes. Like their relatives peas and beans, they are edible seeds enclosed in a pod.
There are even peanut mommies... um, mummies. As early as 1500 BC, the Incans of Peru would put pots of peanuts in with their mummies. They called the peanuts "inchic."
Peanuts love bananas! In fact, rock 'n’ roll icon Elvis Presley’s favourite sandwich was just that — peanut butter and banana. And you guessed it — it's called the Elvis.
Peanuts have gone into outer space! Astronaut Alan Shepard brought a peanut with him to the moon in 1971. It was the first astro-nut.
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