Chestnuts?

Posted on: Tue, 11/30/2004 - 1:09pm
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I've been looking back at many discussions, but never seem to get a definite answer. Are chestnuts considered tree nuts? Do peanut and treenut allergic aviod them?

Thanks for you help!

Posted on: Tue, 11/30/2004 - 1:34pm
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as far as I know, they are tree nuts.

Posted on: Wed, 12/01/2004 - 1:45am
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Posted on: Wed, 12/01/2004 - 2:36am
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Chestnuts are tree nuts, but my understanding is that the primary reason for a PA person to avoid tree nuts is cross contamination. I wouldn't be worried about chestnuts, at least the ones sold in the shell, because the chances for cross contamination are pretty slim. But, it may be a comfort zone issue.
Also, chestnuts are different from most tree nuts in that most nuts are primarily fat, and chestnuts are primarily carbohydrate. Not sure if that would make a difference in the allergy-causing protein, but they are unique in the nut world. It's moot for us since I would have to tie my daughter down and force her to eat a chestnut, but at least my husband can eat them without worrying.

Posted on: Wed, 12/01/2004 - 11:46am
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Chestnuts are very popular here in Korea. Everywhere I go, especially during this time of year, there are street vendors selling roasted chestnuts out of the back of trucks. People love them. I haven't tried any, mostly because I think they smell yucky, but they sure are beautiful all piled up in huge shiny mounds--they look like dark polished wooden beads. I should try some. I don't know if my PA son is allergic to tree nuts, so we avoid all tree nuts for him.

Posted on: Wed, 12/01/2004 - 10:44pm
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My son is PA and soy, but was tested in the clear for nuts. We do avoid nuts anyway. I have fed him chestnuts in a brain-dead moment. I had baked the Chistmas Log myself to avoid allergies, and there I was putting chestnuts in it! DUH!
Thankfully no one reacted.

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