Peanut Introduction: Why Not Bamba?

Learn how Bamba contains palm oil, saturated fat and salt, and how Ready. Set. Food! offers a 100% organic, all-natural alternative.

Guidelines from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommend introducing common allergen foods to babies for healthier outcomes. Many parents wonder how to best prepare allergen foods for their infant and have considered a popular Israeli peanut-based snack called Bamba. However, here’s what parents need to know first before offering Bamba to their baby.

Learn more about why Bamba may not be the best option for early allergen introduction from our Chief Allergist and Board Certified Allergist Katie Marks-Cogan M.D:

 

Bamba only contains one allergen --- peanut.

Bamba only contains one common food allergen --- peanut. Peanuts only comprise 22% of childhood food allergies.

Bamba does not contain egg or cow's milk, the other two most common childhood food allergens. Milk allergies are even more common in young children than peanut allergies, and egg allergies are about as common as peanut allergies.

Ready. Set. Food! covers over 80% of childhood food allergies with peanut, egg, and milk --- all three of the most common food allergens.

Bamba contains palm oil and salt

Recent landmark studies and medical guidelines affirm the importance of introducing common allergens to babies early and often. 

The most recent USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend that “potentially allergenic foods (e.g., peanuts, egg, cow milk products, tree nuts, wheat… and soy) should be introduced” within baby’s first year of life. 

And guidelines from the AAAAI recommend that babies should start consuming peanut and egg as early as 4-6 months of age, that consistently feeding peanut and egg is best for promoting healthier outcomes, and that “other allergens should be introduced” along with peanut and egg.

But Bamba only contains one common food allergen – peanut. Peanuts only comprise 22% of childhood food allergies.

 

Bamba contains palm oil and large amounts of sodium.

Bamba is more than one-thirds fat (by grams). Also, it contains saturated fat because the third ingredient is palm oil. Notably, palm oil production is highly controversial. Many palm oil producers destroy large areas of tropical rainforest for their oil plantations. This deforestation releases large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and threatens many endangered plants and animals.

Additionally, Bamba was not designed for babies; instead, it’s a snack food that includes ingredients such as palm oil and a significant amount of salt. This doesn't meet the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations to "offer simple foods made for babies."

Ready. Set. Food! contains only organic, non-GMO ingredients, and it’s made for babies and toddlers. Each daily serving of Ready. Set. Food! contains the highest quality organic food, with no added sugar or artificial ingredients. So, you can feel confident that Ready. Set. Food! is an all-natural choice for your baby.

Our Organic Mix-Ins and Organic Baby Oatmeal contain no salt. And our Organic Puffs are extremely low in sodium – they contain less than half of the sodium that Bamba contains.

Our Organic Peanut Butter Puffs contain 10 mg sodium per 7-gram serving, and our Daniel Tiger Apple Cinnamon Organic Puffs contain 5 mg sodium per 7-gram serving. This is much less sodium than Bamba and other snacks designed for adults and older children. Bamba contains 28 mg sodium per 7 grams. 

Preparing Bamba requires frustrating guesswork.

It's time-consuming to calculate and measure out the right amounts of Bamba to match the peanut dosage used in the landmark studies. One gram of Bamba doesn't equal one gram of peanut. (And you'll need to prepare enough correct Bamba doses for multiple times per week, over several months, to follow the landmark studies' protocols.) When measuring out Bamba, there's the concern that you may give baby too little – or too much – peanut all at once.

Also, since Bamba only contains peanut, if you want to introduce baby to the other most common allergens, you'll have to prepare snacks containing those allergens as well. This will take even more guesswork and time, especially with so many allergens to cover.

But Ready. Set. Food!'s pre-measured doses eliminate the need for guesswork. Each serving of Ready. Set. Food! contains evidence-based doses of allergens, in line with the amounts and frequencies used in the landmark studies and recommended by recent medical guidelines. So, you can feel confident that Ready. Set. Food is helping you give your baby the best chance at a future of food freedom.

Bamba doesn’t grow with your child – but the Ready. Set. Food! system does. 

Recent medical guidelines recommend starting allergen introduction when your baby is 4-6 months of age, consistently feeding allergens multiple times per week, and continuing this introduction for at least several months. But as we mentioned above, Bamba isn’t suitable for babies. In addition to being unhealthy, it does not easily dissolve in baby’s mouth, so it’s not safe for babies just starting their solid food journey.  

Ready. Set. Food! is the only early allergen introduction system that grows with your child. You have options to introduce – and keep feeding – allergens to your baby in the best way for their feeding stage. 

  • Our Stage 1 and 2 Organic Mix-Ins easily dissolve into a bottle of breastmilk or formula. So, you can introduce any baby to peanut, egg, and milk as early as 4 months of age, even if your baby is not ready for solid foods. 
  • Then, once baby is eating solids and has been introduced to peanut, egg, and milk, you can start feeding them Stage 3 Organic Mix-Ins and Organic Baby Oatmeal, with 9 top allergens. 
  • If your little one is chewing foods with a variety of different textures, and can grasp food and bring it to their mouth, they can enjoy Ready. Set. Food! Organic Puffs, a snack designed for babies and toddlers that maintains exposure to 9 top allergens. 
  • Once your little one can stand or walk without support, and is confidently chewing through a variety of solids with their back teeth, our Organic Oat and Fruit Bars are another way to maintain exposure to 8 top allergens.  

Ready. Set. Food! can help you follow the new clinical guidelines on infant food allergen introduction, no matter your baby’s stage of development. 

So, skip the Bamba. Instead, turn to Ready. Set. Food! – the simple, all-natural and evidence-based way to introduce allergens.

Ready. Set. Food! can help you introduce allergens safely and easily. Plus, it’s recommended by over 1,000+ pediatricians and allergists.

 

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All health-related content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Always seek the advice of your own pediatrician in connection with any questions regarding your baby’s health.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  If your infant has severe eczema, check with your infant’s healthcare provider before feeding foods containing ground peanuts.