(Most of) Our Family Loves SunButter

Mar 31

My husband and I are big fans of SunButter. We think it’s delicious, and I like the fact that it’s got plenty of Vitamin E, iron, protein, and fibre. 

Our nut-allergic son was so excited about eating it when we first bought it that he wanted to eat it in the car. I told him that he had to wait until we got home, and he chanted “I love it, I love it, I love it!” from his car seat in excited anticipation of trying a new treat. Once in the kitchen, I spread a thin layer on his favourite kind of cracker. He ate it, small bite by small bite while whispering “I love it, I love it, I love it” more and more quietly. When he’d eaten the whole thing, I asked him if he wanted some more, and he said, “No… I love it …. I love it.” I said, “You don’t like it, do you? It’s okay if you don’t.” “No, I don’t like it,” he replied. He still mumbled “I love it” under his breath a couple more times as if he was desperately trying to convince himself he did. 

So, he doesn’t like it. I’ve heard the same thing from other parents of peanut-allergic children — many of these children do not like peanut butter substitutes. Maybe it’s a natural defense mechanism. I think SunButter is so much like peanut butter that I would have believed it was if I didn’t have the jar in front of me. So maybe it would be confusing to our son to know that SunButter is safe for him to eat, whereas something that appears to be identical to it could make him very sick.

Nevertheless, we are happy to have SunButter in our house so those who like it can partake while our son remains safe if he comes in contact with it.