Can I Have Coconut?

I have heard that people with peanut allergies should avoid tree nuts. But I also heard that they don't necessarily need to avoid them.

I guess my question is can I eat coconut? I just haven't eaten it since I heard about the tree nut stuff.

By cathlina on Sun, 12-29-13, 18:23

Tree nuts are often contaminated with peanuts during processing.

My allergy doctor also has told me that coconut is a fruit. I was tested for it and there was no allergy. Suggest you have testing done.

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By PeanutAllergy.com on Fri, 12-27-13, 00:48

Question of the Week: Answered!

Every week, PeanutAllergy.com is answering one of the questions posted in our community.

Our Answer:

People who have a peanut allergy are not necessarily allergic to tree nuts. Those with peanut allergies are often told to stay away from tree nuts because many have both allergies. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, 25 to 50 percent of those with a peanut allergy also have tree nut allergies.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology classifies coconut as a fruit, not a nut. Most people who are allergic to tree nuts have no problem eating coconut. An allergic reaction to coconut has nothing to do with a tree nut allergy; it’s an allergy to the fruit.

To be on the safe side, talk to your allergist about your allergy history to determine whether you can try eating coconut.

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