Nuts and Legumes
Fifty million Americans suffer from allergies. Nut allergy is one of the most common types of food allergy in both children and adults. This allergy tends to last an entire lifetime for most people. There’s often confusion between peanuts and tree nuts. Peanuts are legumes, not nuts; still, between 25 and 40 percent of individuals who are allergic to peanuts also react to at least one tree nut, according to studies.
Seriousness of Allergies
An allergy to tree nuts is one of the most common food allergies and is also one of the food allergens most frequently linked to anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction that impairs breathing and can send the body into shock. People who are diagnosed with an allergy to a specific tree nut may be able to tolerate other tree nuts, but allergists usually advise these patients to avoid all nuts.
NOTE: Is Coconut an allergen FDA? The FAAN response is “Discuss this with your doctor. Coconut, the seed of a drupaceous fruit, has typically not been restricted in the diets of people with tree nut allergy. However, in October of 2006, the Food and Drug Association (FDA) began identifying coconut as a tree nut.