Irrational fear deprives kids of the perfect snack
The peanut panic police have been out in full force, trying to make everyone believe that goobers are as deadly as stray bullets.
But a new study tears the shell off their flawed logic… because peanut allergies are not nearly as common as these nuts want you to believe.
British researchers looked at 79 peanut-deprived 8-year-old panic victims who were told they were allergic, and found that just seven of them actually were. In this study, peanut allergies went from 12 percent of all children — down to 2 percent.
Quick, get these kids some bags of peanuts — they need to make up for lost time.
When peanut reactions do happen, there’s usually no need to call for a paramedic team and emergency airlift. They’re generally like any other allergy: An irritation. In incredibly rare cases, they can be deadly — and that’s given the panic police ammunition for their ridiculous overreactions.
Peanuts have been banned from many schools. I’ve even heard of stray peanuts leading to evacuations. I wonder if they called in hazmat team.
Some airlines, like Northwest, were strong-armed into removing all peanuts from their airplanes. When Delta took control of Northwest last year, one of the first things they did was bring the peanuts back from purgatory — leading to the usual outrage from all the whiners who demand that their special needs be met at all times (whether they ever intend to fly or not).
Talk about the tyranny of the minority!
The simple truth is, peanuts are not dangerous weapons. They’re the perfect snack.
Peanuts are packed with healthy, artery-cleaning fats and essential protein, and may lower your risk for diabetes. They’re also loaded with vitamin E, vitamin B-6, niacin and riboflavin, along with minerals such as copper, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
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