The Station Wagon podcast: Seattle - Snoqualmie - Olympia: Episode 25: Giving up Peanuts

Friday, November 4, 2016

Episode 25: Giving up Peanuts

Millions of Americans are allergic to peanuts. We gave up eating peanuts to try and walk a bit in their shoes and find out what it's like to go without this miracle legume. We talk about the history of peanuts, the science and psychology of having the allergy, and believe it or not, Julie gets 2 out of 3 questions right in our quiz.

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The photos below make more sense if you listen to this episode. Marc took these pics when he almost (or did) eat something with Peanuts in it. It's interesting to see just how much food he eats that have peanuts and/or peanut residue on or inside.

Ate eggs instead of a bar.

Vegey Meat Loaf and Mashed Potatoes from The Silent Heart Nest. No peanuts in this yum.

School lunch when Marc was a Watch Dog at his 8-year old's school. No peanuts here.

Marc was forced to eat Oreos as the cookies below had peanut residue on them.

Free food at work. Coated in peanut residue.

My sweet daughter trying to be nice by giving me peanut m&m's. Little did she know...



As early as 1500 B.C.E, the Incans of Peru used peanuts as sacrificial offerings and entombed them with their mummies to aid in the spirit life. (ref)

Peanuts taken from Brazil to West Africa by Portuguese explorers. (ref)

Peanuts arrive in Malaysia, Vietnam, China, and Japan. (ref)

Peanuts brought to the United States by enslaved West Africans (ref)

George Washington Carver began his work with peanuts. Her was born into slavery in Diamond, Missouri, around 1864. The exact year and date of his birth are unknown. Carver went on to become one of the most prominent scientists and inventors of his time, as well as a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute. Carver devised over 100 products using one major corp—the peanut—including dyes, plastics and gasoline. He died in 1943. (ref)


Planters Peanuts Founded by Amedeo Obici (ref)
Mid 1970’s
Epipen Invented by US Military for anaphylaxis from any kind of allergen. (ref)
In 2002, Massachusetts became the first state to enact guidelines for the management of food allergies in schools, calling for "peanut-free" tables in the lunchroom under some circumstances. (ref)
President Obama signs into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act. Rather than require schools to stockpile EpiPens, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Law provides a financial incentive. States that require schools maintain a supply of the medication and permit trained school personnel to administer it will get preference for receiving federal children’s asthma-treatment grants.


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