Peanut Introduction: Why Not Bamba?
By: Jessica Huhn
Peanut Introduction: Why Not Bamba?
By: Jessica Huhn
Learn why Bamba is not the most reliable or healthy option for infant allergen introduction, and why you should choose Ready, Set, Food! instead.
New guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have established that feeding your baby allergenic foods early and often can help keep them from developing a food allergy. For the best chance at preventing food allergies, the guidelines recommend introducing common allergenic foods as early as 4-6 months of age, and continuing to feed baby these foods multiple times a week, for several months.
Learn more about how the new 2020 USDA Guidelines Report recommend feeding peanut and egg starting at 4 months to prevent food allergies for every baby here.
Many parents wonder how to best prepare allergenic 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:
Bamba only contains one allergen --- peanut.
Bamba only contains one common food allergen --- peanut. Peanuts only comprise 25% 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.
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Bamba is not healthy, especially as a first food for baby.
Bamba is two-thirds fat. Also, it's high in saturated fat because it's fried in 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 provides too many non-nutritious calories. To introduce your baby to the amount of peanut protein recommended by the NIH and AAP, you would need to feed your baby 70 calories of Bamba per day.
Furthermore, the UK's National Health Service (NHS) warns against feeding your baby salty processed foods, like Bamba, that are "not made specifically for babies." After all, breastmilk already provides the exact daily amount of salt that babies need, and baby formulas contain similar amounts of salt. Based on daily sodium intake guidelines from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, a 4-6-month-old breastfed baby who eats a serving of Bamba will consume more than twice the amount of sodium that he or she needs daily!
Ready, Set, Food! contains only organic, non-GMO peanut, egg, and milk --- nothing else. In fact, it's the only completely organic system that introduces your baby to multiple allergenic foods. Each daily maintenance packet of Ready, Set, Food! contains the highest quality peanut, egg, and milk powders, with no added sugar, salt, preservatives, or artificial additives. Plus, a daily serving of Ready, Set, Food! contains only 10 calories, so it is a much smaller, and much healthier, impact on nutrition than Bamba is. So, you can feel confident that Ready, Set, Food! is a nutritious choice for your baby.
Bamba is a finger food.
The AAP and NIH guidelines recommend introducing allergenic foods as early as 4-6 months of age, based on the results of landmark clinical studies. However, many babies are not ready for solid foods at this early age. (In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting to start solid food introduction until baby is at least 6 months old.)
Bamba is a finger food, and while you can soften it with breastmilk or formula, many families will still struggle to introduce their child to peanut as early as 4 months of age if using Bamba.
In contrast, Ready, Set, Food! easily dissolves into a bottle of breastmilk (or formula), making allergen introduction simple even if your baby is not ready for solid foods.
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, because Bamba contains other ingredients such as corn. (And you'll need to prepare enough correct Bamba doses for multiple times per week, over several months, to follow the landmark studies' protocols.)
In addition, pediatricians recommend starting with a lower dose of an allergenic food and gradually increasing the amount, for maximum safety and efficacy. When measuring out Bamba, there's the concern that you may give baby too little --- or too much --- of peanut all at once.
Also, since Bamba only contains peanut, if you want to introduce baby to the other two most common allergens, you'll have to prepare egg and cow's milk snacks as well. This will take even more guesswork and time.
But Ready, Set, Food!'s pre-measured doses eliminate the need for guesswork. Each daily packet of Ready, Set, Food! contains the exact amounts and frequencies of peanut, egg, and milk used in the landmark studies. The system starts with a lower dose of each allergen, and then safely increases the amount over time.
So, skip the Bamba. Instead, turn to Ready, Set, Food! -- the simple, all-natural and evidence-based way to help prevent food allergies.
Ready, Set, Food! can help you follow the new guidelines on infant food allergy prevention and reduce your baby's risk of developing food allergies by up to 80%. Plus, it’s recommended by over 300 pediatricians and allergists. Join us in our mission to give families everywhere a lifetime free of food allergies!
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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.