Overhead view of peanut butter on bread with red crayon warning against peanuts which are a dangerous allergen for many children and adults with a peanut allergy.
Peanuts and Peanut Butter are a nutritious lunch providing dietary protein and other health benefits through a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Peanuts can also cause a severe allergic reaction in children and adults with a peanut allergy.
Peanuts are a legume, sometimes called a ground nut or earth nut because they grow in the ground, rather than a tree nut like walnuts or pecans which grow on trees. Peanuts and Tree Nuts are listed among the top eight food allergens by the US Food and Drug Administration.