tree nuts okay?

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2018 - 7:40am
GreenMachine22's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/30/2014 - 14:43

I've had my peanut allergy since I was little and have heard many rules about what I can and can't eat. As far as I know, I've never had a reaction to any cashews, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or what have you. Would it be safe for me to start adding tree nuts to my diet? Can I test myself at home? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on: Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:12am
PeanutAllergy.com's picture
Offline
Joined: 06/21/2013 - 11:03

Question of the Week: Answered!
Every week, PeanutAllergy.com is answering one of the questions posted in our community.
Our Answer:
As you and others living with a peanut allergy know, peanuts are actually legumes and not nuts. According to food allergy expert Dr. Hugh Samson, cross-reaction is not likely, but it may be best to avoid tree nuts nonetheless.
Food Allergy Research and Education estimates that 25-40 percent of people who have peanut allergy are also allergic to tree nuts.
If you are not allergic to tree nuts, be cautious when consuming them; they may have been processed on the same equipment as products that contain peanuts.
You can read more about peanut and tree nut allergies in this article.
We do not recommend testing yourself at home as it may not be safe. Speak with your allergist about getting tested to determine your food allergies.
We asked our Facebook fans for their help, and you can read what they had to say here.

Posted on: Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:58am
ber9698's picture
Offline
Joined: 08/17/2013 - 21:42

My son has a severe peanut allergy since 2 1/2 and we were told to keep him away from tree nuts
we were afraid he would be allergic now that he is 17 he is now not only anaphylaxis to peanuts he is the same to tree nuts and egg whites. So my advice is get tested for tree nuts or keep staying away from them because you never know. good luck

Posted on: Sun, 03/30/2014 - 2:09am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

My son has a peanut and shellfish allergy. We avoid tree nuts because of the cross contamination risk with peanuts. He has tested negative to tree nuts. But since he never has actually eaten a tree nut we can't be sure. Check with an allergist before trying anything at home. It is not worth the risk.
Good luck

Posted on: Sun, 03/30/2014 - 2:21am
pjoverly's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/28/2012 - 16:49

My son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy when he was 18 months. He is now 7. He was tested for tree nuts also and is not allergic to them. He eats tree nuts manufactured in peanut free facilities. There are a couple brands out there that I know of. He also eats almond butter and a hazelnut spread that are both made in a peanut free facility. I would definitely discuss with your doctor before trying any tree nuts.

Posted on: Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:08am
Saralinda's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/12/2004 - 09:00

I am allergic to peanuts and all tree nuts EXCEPT walnuts. I don't know why or how. I am just glad. But I am still very careful because it is almost impossible to find walnuts that do not share manufacturing facilities with other tree nuts and/or peanuts.
If I were you, I would proceed cautiously if you want to try eating tree nuts. Also realize that you may be able to eat one kind of tree nut but not another.

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

Click on one of the categories below to see all topics and discussions.

Latest Discussions

Latest Post by beachgal2020 Thu, 07/09/2020 - 2:17pm
Comments: 173
Latest Post by beachgal2020 Thu, 07/09/2020 - 2:08pm
Comments: 714
Latest Post by beachgal2020 Thu, 07/09/2020 - 1:51pm
Comments: 483
Latest Post by doggydude (not verified) Wed, 07/08/2020 - 6:06am
Comments: 9
Latest Post by doggydude (not verified) Wed, 07/08/2020 - 6:00am
Comments: 14
Latest Post by SmilinMo Tue, 06/09/2020 - 11:29am
Comments: 7
Latest Post by MoRich Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:06am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by Sarah McKenzie Fri, 05/22/2020 - 12:57pm
Comments: 6
Latest Post by JRM20 Wed, 05/20/2020 - 9:30am
Comments: 5

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

There are more "peanut-free" products than ever on the supermarket shelves. This means more choices than ever for peanut-allergic shoppers and...

It Is Easy To Buy Peanut Free Chocolate Online

Ask any parent of a child with a potentially life-...

How Do You Determine If A Food Is Safe For A Peanut Allergic Person?

The answer varies. “Peanut-free” means different things to different...

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a New Drug Application for an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) designed for use with...

Fact 1: Over a third of food allergy reactions happen after the first known oral...

It can be easy to overlook the presence of nut allergens in non-food items because the allergens are often listed by their Latin or scientific...

It’s hard to think of Chinese food without thinking of peanuts. China is the world’s leading peanut producer, and that’s not a coincidence....

Soymilk is one of the most popular alternatives to cow’s milk. As well as being rich in fiber, soy is a great source of protein and contains all...

My mom was at a lakeside restaurant enjoying fish and chips when her mouth began tingling. The next day at a family gathering, we had grilled...

Peanuts and peanut oil are cheap and easy additives to food and other commercial goods. It is surprising (and alarming if you have a...

Vegetable oil is healthy before it is hydrogenated and a process that requires adding hydrogen to unsaturated fats. Oils that are often...

Although it's true that peanuts are in many snack items, there are several snacks that do not contain peanuts. Anyone who has a peanut...

The most frightening thing about a severe allergic reaction to a new food is that it can happen so fast. If parents are not looking for allergic...

It may never be safe to begin feeding peanut butter to your baby or toddler if you have peanut allergies in your family. If either parent or one...

Families who have food allergies are familiar with reading food labels and of being aware of everything that they or their allergic child eats....

If a parent is alert and observing their toddler when peanuts are first introduced, the chance of the child receiving help if she has a reaction...

For those who don't have experience with peanut allergies, going 'peanut-free' often seems as easy as avoiding peanut butter sandwiches and bags...

Dealing with food allergies can be difficult, especially if you're not sure what's 'safe' to buy. This is especially true for those with severe...

Are you craving sweets? Those with peanut allergies must be especially careful when indulging their...