Tree nut allergies are one of the most common and talked about among the Top 8. It is the second most common among infants and children and once acquired is usually a lifelong food allergy, with only 9% of the population ever outgrowing it. This makes it common among adults as well. Tree nut allergies (as well as peanut allergies) can cause severe reactions and even death. Epi-Pens are usually a must with nut allergies and as in some cases even the touch or breath of someone else who has just consumed the allergen could cause a reaction.
Tree nuts should not be confused with peanuts or seeds. Peanuts are legumes (beans), but in some cases a peanut allergy may accompany a tree nut allergy and vise versa. There are many types of tree nuts and you may be allergic to one, two, a select few, or all of them. Coconut is also listed by the FDA as a tree nut, however, it is extremely for someone allergic to tree nuts to be allergic to coconut as it is actually a fruit seed. But coconut can still cause allergic reactions.
Because of the severity of many nut allergies, schools have started to make “nut-free” zones, classes rooms, etc. It causes controversy of course, but safety is most important in these cases. Some people even require an “allergy-detecting” dog that will let them know if the allergic substance is near by or in the room. The only way to stay safe, as with any allergen, is to avoid the allergen (tree nuts) at all costs by reading labels, checking for cross-contamination and processing/manufacturing/facility practices, and keeping the allergens out of the house.
The good news is nut-alternatives have become more mainstream over the years and there are great safe options that can replace those of nuts.Read More