People with peanut allergy may have an allergic reaction to foods containing ingredients that come from peas, like pea protein or pea protein isolate. Health Canada has shared updated information in a new statement.
Keep in mind that some people with peanut allergy can tolerate other legumes, like peas. Please speak with your allergist about the safety of eating products containing pea protein if you have concerns.
Products with pea protein
It’s becoming more common for some manufacturers to use high concentrations of pea protein in their products, including in products you may not expect, such as yogurt, hamburger buns and pizza. Remember to read the label every time to check the ingredients, and do the triple check. If in doubt, contact the manufacturer to request further information. Find more tips on reading food labels.
Thank you to Health Canada for providing greater clarity regarding the potential risk of pea protein for people with peanut allergy. Learn more about pea protein allergy below.
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