What is Mission MightyMe?
Mission MightyMe is the innovative food company on a mission to help end the food allergy epidemic. With convenient, simple, tasty and nutritious science-backed snacks, Mission MightyMe empowers parents, making it easy to follow the latest pediatric feeding recommendations for early allergen introduction. Mission MightyMe was founded by food allergy parents and world-renowned pediatric allergist Dr. Gideon Lack, whose groundbreaking research (The LEAP Study)
found that the majority of peanut allergies can be prevented by starting peanut foods in the first year of life and consuming them regularly until age 5.*
What if my child has already developed a food allergy?
Mission MightyMe products must be strictly avoided by anyone who has a known or suspected allergy to any of the ingredients.
How do I know if my baby ready for allergen introduction?
Most babies can start peanut foods and other common food allergens around 6 months, after starting other solid foods. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends high-risk babies (with severe eczema and/or egg allergy) start peanut foods even earlier - between 4-6 months - but only after evaluation by a doctor and possible allergy testing.* Read the NIAID guidelines for more information. Note: If a child is already allergic to any food, that food must be avoided entirely.
When is my baby ready for MightyMe Puffs?
It depends on each baby’s development, but our puffs are made for babies starting solids and up. Depending on your baby’s developmental stage, they can be softened with water or breast milk, crumbled into any puree or enjoyed as an on-the-go snack.
Is it ever too late to start feeding MightyMe Puffs?
It's only too late to start feeding MightyMe Puffs if an allergy has already developed to any of the ingredients. The LEAP Study
showed the importance of introducing peanut protein between 4-11 months to help reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy, though it’s better to start late than never.* Our puffs are also just a wholesome and delicious snack that kids (and parents) of all ages can enjoy – and it's never too late for that!
What are the ingredients of MightyMe Peanut Puffs?
We use only natural, organic and non-GMO ingredients - Organic Rice Flour, Organic Ground Peanuts, Organic Peanut Flour, Organic Peanut Oil, Sea Salt and Calcium Carbonate.
What are the ingredients of MightyMe Nut Butter Puffs?
Organic Rice Flour, Ground Hazelnuts, Organic Ground Cashews, Almond Flour, Organic Peanut Oil, Walnut Flour, Organic Peanut Flour, Organic Coconut Nectar, Cashew Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Organic Ground Cinnamon, Sea Salt.
How much peanut protein is in MightyMe Peanut Puffs?
Our peanut puffs are more than 50% peanut. With 7 grams of peanut protein per pouch, just one pouch per week meets the level consumed by babies in the LEAP Study and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for high-risk infants.*
How much nut protein is in MightyMe Nut Butter Puffs?
Our proactive nut butter puffs are carefully crafted to contain equal parts protein from peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts and hazelnuts. Two pouches per week delivers 10 grams of nut protein or 2 grams per nut to match the protein levels shown to be effective in the EAT Study.
Where are MightyMe Proactive Puffs Made?
MightyMe Proactive Puffs are proudly made in the USA at an FDA-registered, organic certified facility.
Are MightyMe Puffs manufactured in a facility that processes other allergens?
Our puffs are made in a facility that allows all allergens. However,
the facility has a single processing line, so cross-contamination between production lines during production isn’t of concern and when we are in production, no other products are run at the site that day. In addition, the team implements validated cleaning protocols that were developed in cooperation with FARRP (Food Allergy Research & Resource Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln) to ensure best-in-class sanitation practices and to make sure that no allergen, other than those inherently contained in our products, is present on equipment prior to production. Facility protocols include testing of equipment surfaces with ATP technology and testing product surfaces with allergen-specific lateral flow test kits. As an independent safety check, we also test our final product for the most recently run allergen that is not an ingredient in our product. All staff members at our facilities are fully committed to product safety and quality and are specifically trained regarding the handling of allergens.
Where can I buy MightyMe Proactive Puffs?
Right here on our website and on Amazon
Will there be more Mission MightyMe Products?
Yes! We are working on new food forms that contain other common food allergens too, so please stay tuned!
What is your product safety and testing protocol?
At Mission MightyMe, safety is our top priority. We start by ensuring we are using only the purest possible ingredients from carefully vetted and trusted farms and suppliers. We also use organic ingredients whenever possible to limit any potential exposure to chemicals and pesticides. We have a rigorous food safety product assessment and audit system in place for microbial, chemical, and heavy metal testing. Our final product is tested in accordance with federal and state guidelines, as well as our own strict standards. We also conduct heavy metal testing on our final product to ensure compliance with established Safe Harbor levels under the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Prop 65). We started Mission MightyMe to improve the health and safety of all children and we will always to take every precaution to ensure we fulfill that mission.
NEW RESEARCH & GUIDELINES
Is there data to support the need for early allergen introduction?
Yes. There have been many studies on early allergen introduction. The most well-known is the LEAP Study
(Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) by our co-founder Dr. Gideon Lack. This landmark clinical trial found that consistently including peanut protein in babies’ diets from as early as 4-11 months until age 5, reduced the likelihood of developing a peanut allergy by up to 86 percent.
The LEAP-ON study
by Dr. Lack, found that the protective benefits of early peanut introduction endured, even if the child stopped eating peanuts for one year after age 5.
A separate study by Dr. Lack, the EAT Study
, found that the early introduction of other allergenic foods as early as 3 months, alongside breastfeeding, was safe and demonstrated a 67% reduction in egg allergy and a 100% reduction in peanut allergy in children who consumed sufficient amounts of these foods (at least 2g per week).
What are the official health guidelines on early peanut introduction?
Based on the findings of the LEAP Study, the National Institutes of Health
and The American Academy of Pediatrics
released new clinical guidelines encouraging parents to introduce baby-friendly peanut foods in infancy, depending on each child’s risk factor for allergies. Japan, Canada and Australia have also introduced similar guidelines based on the LEAP Study results. The 2020-2025 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans also recommend introducing common food allergens once babies start solids, and keeping them in the diet regularly. Read more about the guidelines in our Learning Center.
Why did the guidelines change?
In the year 2000, The American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to avoid allergenic foods in infancy. Several years later, these guidelines were rescinded due to a lack of evidence that this was beneficial, but avoidance remained the norm. Since then, the rate of nut allergies in the US has tripled and the rate of food allergies increased by 50%. In 2015, the LEAP study showed that in fact the opposite was true — avoiding peanut protein increased the likelihood of an allergy five-fold, while early introduction dramatically decreased the risk by up to 86%. Based on the LEAP Study, the National Institutes of Health issued new guidelines in 2017 to recommend including peanut protein in babies’ diets, early and often, to help prevent peanut allergy from developing. This recommendation was endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2020, the USDA recommended introducing all common food allergens once babies start solids, and keeping them in the diet regularly.
Has the FDA weighed in on early peanut introduction?
Yes. The FDA issued an authoritative health claim based on the LEAP Study: For babies with an increased risk of peanut allergy (babies with severe eczema, egg allergy or both), introducing age-appropriate, peanut-containing foods as early as 4 months may reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy. Caregivers should check with the baby’s healthcare provider before feeding the baby peanut-containing foods.
How do I know if my child is at high-risk for developing a peanut allergy?
Moderate to severe eczema, an existing egg allergy or a close relative with a food allergy, are considered risk factors for developing a peanut allergy. The LEAP Study showed that early peanut introduction as early as 4-6 months is especially important for high-risk children, however if your child is high-risk, current guidelines
recommend allergy testing and consulting with your physician first.
Do all children need early exposure to peanut protein or just those at high-risk of developing a peanut allergy?
The majority of children with peanut allergies have a history of mild or moderate eczema, though many children who develop peanut allergies have no risk factors at all. The new guidelines
state that children with no risk factors can be given peanut-containing foods “freely” and that “the early introduction of dietary peanut in children without risk factors for peanut allergy is generally anticipated to be safe and to contribute modestly to an overall reduction in the prevalence of peanut allergy.”
Is there a minimum recommended amount of peanut protein per week?
Dr. Lack's EAT (Enquiring About Tolerance) Study showed that 2 grams of protein per allergen each week is the minimum amount required for protection. Babies in the LEAP Study ended up consuming much more than anticipated (6 grams per week), which was also shown to be safe and effective. Based on the LEAP Study, the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend 6 grams of peanut protein per week for high-risk infants.*
How long should my baby consume peanut protein?
Consistency and duration are key. The children in the LEAP Study regularly consumed peanut protein until age 5 to achieve the dramatic 80+% reduction in peanut allergies. We designed our puffs to be wholesome and delicious for all ages, so they can continue to be part of a nutritious diet as your little one grows.
What are the signs of an allergic reaction?
Symptoms of an allergic reaction usually appear within minutes or can occur up to 2 hours after eating a food. Mild to moderate symptoms may include hives, redness of the skin, swelling, itchy mouth, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain. Severe symptoms may include trouble swallowing, shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, and a weak pulse, among others. Severe symptoms require immediate medical treatment. For more information, click HERE
What if I suspect my child is having an allergic reaction?
If a child has an allergic reaction to any food, stop feeding the food and consult a physician. Mild to moderate symptoms (e.g., itching, sneezing, hives or rashes) are often treated with antihistamines. Severe symptoms (e.g., trouble breathing or swallowing) may be signs of the life-threatening condition anaphylaxis. This requires immediate treatment with epinephrine. In the case of severe symptoms, administer epinephrine if available, and call 911 immediately.