Coconut OK?

Posted on: Tue, 11/23/1999 - 10:43pm
Gabesmom's picture
Joined: 11/03/1999 - 09:00

Do any of the peanut allergic folks on this board eat coconut? Parents, do you allow your peanut allergic child to eat coconut? Anyone ever have a reaction from coconut?

I'd like to make a traditional Cambodian dessert for our Thanksgiving, but coconut is the main ingredient. Our 13 month old son has not been tested yet, but did have a reaction (swelling, sneezing, rash) to a noodle dish with peant butter in it.


Posted on: Wed, 11/24/1999 - 1:00am
MaryLynn's picture
Joined: 06/25/1999 - 09:00

While coconut is not directly related to peanuts (legume family) or tree nuts (tree nut family) there are children out there that are allergic to coconuts. My daughter is one.
If you make a coconut dessert, you may want to offer your son an alternative. If he has had coconut before and been fine then he could probably have it again.
Good luck.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted on: Sat, 11/27/1999 - 9:51am
Cheryl's picture
Joined: 09/08/1999 - 09:00

My son tested positivie for a lot of allergies including all nuts. The ped allergist recommended we do not use coconut. I pointed out to him that all formula contains coconute oil. He said to proceed using it as there was no other alternative. However I am not over eager to have it in my house in baking or such. I love coconut and this has been a big change for us, but if it means keeping Toddy safe so be it.

Posted on: Fri, 06/02/2000 - 6:58am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Okay, so I posted the other day about a new product I found that was clearly labelled NUT FREE. However, the main product that makes the thing crunchy is COCONUT. So, we have it in the house and I never have anything suspect in the house. The kids just ate it sprinkled on top of their yoghurt and my son appears fine. I set the timer at 30 minutes to make sure there was no reaction. But again, IS COCONUT OKAY?

Posted on: Fri, 06/02/2000 - 8:40am
jrizos's picture
Joined: 05/30/2000 - 09:00

my son tested pos for all nuts and severly for coconut. I hate coconut so foods I by don't have it. I am not aware of direct reactions from coconut by my son before I started checking ingredients.

Posted on: Fri, 06/02/2000 - 10:09am
rilira's picture
Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

Coconut is not a nut, it is a fruit. Some people can be allergic to coconut just like some people are allergic to other fruits.

Posted on: Fri, 06/02/2000 - 11:01am
ihatepeanuts's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

Wow, ya learn somethin' new every day (at
least I seem to be!). Really, coconut is
a fruit?? Never heard of that. Interesting.
My husband and I were just discussing this
last week. We were at a restaurant that had
cake with coconut frosting and we started
wondering if that is something our son would
have to stay away from. We do not know if
he has allergies to tree nuts. I had made
the comment that when I see it shredded
I probably wouldn't have thought of it as
being a nut and may have given it to my son.
If it is a fruit then maybe he can have it.

Posted on: Fri, 06/02/2000 - 11:59am
Sazzy's picture
Joined: 06/01/2000 - 09:00

Hi Folks,
I am new to this forum, only finding it yesterday and have left some info about me in the Introductary Board.
Anyway, I have had a PA and tree nut allergy all my life (i'm 26)...but have never ever had a reaction to a coconut and I love it! Now, I know that some people are allergic...but a lot of us aren't as well...the problem is how do you find out? I am not sure of the best answer to that, I used trial and error (probably not the best idea)...but don't write off coconut automatically.
Take care everyone and enjoy a nut free weekend!

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2000 - 1:33am
rilira's picture
Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

You can be tested for coconut if you are concerned about the possibility. They can test for that just like other foods.

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2000 - 4:02am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I do not believe that my son is allergic to Coconut though he doesnt care for it. When I went to WalMart last night to buy the boys vitamins and I was reading the ingredients even though I didn't think there would be nuts in it (can't he too careful). My PA son is also allergic to medications containing sulfur so I was reading to check for that. Most children's vitamins did list lactose though. Anyway, one listed coconut oil so be careful if your kids are allergic to coconuts.

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2000 - 4:14am
FromTheSouth's picture
Joined: 03/01/2000 - 09:00

Our allerg. doc. recently told me that you are not automatically allerg. to coconut because you are p.a./tree-nut allergic. He told me to give her a small amount to test it (yikes!!). I then let her have Cool-Whip topping (which has coconut oil) and she was fine. You need to discuss with your doc. if you think testing is required.

Posted on: Mon, 06/05/2000 - 12:34pm
redtruck's picture
Joined: 01/23/2000 - 09:00

Coconuts are fruits and not nuts (then again, many nuts are not technically nuts either...peanuts are not nuts)
Anyway, nut allergic people can generally have coconuts (and chestnuts too) since they are not in the same family, unless of course you happen to also be allergic to coconuts.
Is that clear or just more confusing?!
My 4yr old daughter is allergic to peanuts and walnuts, and eats stuff with coconuts on occassion without incident...same goes for chestnuts (which we all love in the fall/winter).

Posted on: Mon, 06/05/2000 - 1:58pm
Laura J's picture
Joined: 05/27/2000 - 09:00

You need to know the source of the coconut in desserts etc. When I have tried buying it packaged (shredded, sweet) there is a "may contain traces of nuts" warning on the package!This is because shredded coconut for baking is produced by the nut manufacturer in many cases. I have no problem giving my son fresh coconut however.

Posted on: Wed, 06/07/2000 - 1:55am
Rollinindadoe's picture
Joined: 06/07/2000 - 09:00

So how strong is the coconut allergy? Is it as strong as peanuts?
Many grooming things contain coconut--we use pure coconut oil for our skin and hair. Is it only if it's ingested?

Posted on: Sun, 06/11/2000 - 8:46pm
bob's picture
Joined: 06/12/2000 - 09:00

what response did you get?

Posted on: Mon, 06/12/2000 - 6:58am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I react to suntan oil that contains coco butter, paba, and coconut oil. I am not sure if it is all related to my "nut" allergy, or if it is separate.....but I stay away...shampoos, sunscreen, lotions......all of the above...

Posted on: Tue, 06/13/2000 - 4:58am
DavisGal's picture
Joined: 07/12/1999 - 09:00

My pa son had allergy testing a few weeks ago. He is not allergic to coconut.

Posted on: Tue, 06/13/2000 - 6:43am
staceygoad's picture
Joined: 06/13/2000 - 09:00

My son is highly allergic to Peanuts and our allergy doctor says coconut is okay. Be aware though that every child is different. I had my child tested at 6 mos for the first time and my second child tested at a year (she showed no signs of allergies so we waited). I wouldn't wait. There may be other foods that your child is allergic to. We found out the hard way. Get them to run a series of tests right away so that you can know for sure and keep your child safe. It's scary! Good luck!

Posted on: Fri, 06/16/2000 - 7:26am
TheDaddy's picture
Joined: 06/13/2000 - 09:00

Our 14 and 11 year old daughters have a very severe allergy to peanut products of any kind. We are fortunate they have no other life threatening allergies. Coconuts don't bother them at all.
Plus, it works out well for me because it is a Daddy thing to smash them open .

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2000 - 8:07am
ajas_folks's picture
Joined: 04/28/2000 - 09:00

FYI: coconut is a main ingredient in many baby formulas.

Posted on: Tue, 07/26/2005 - 12:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Simply re-raising.
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 07/27/2005 - 2:18pm
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

Regarding prepackaged shredded coconut: some of it is unsafe. I've seen some packages with "processed on same equipment," so we avoid it. I can't remember the brands--it's been a year since I checked. But where a food has been in question and it contains coconut, that's an automatic no for us.
We have found some without a warning, and if I contacted the manuafacturer, I would probably consider it okay. But I can't stand the shredded stuff anyway, so there's no point in buying it. Give me fresh coconut. But the other stuff tastes yucky to me, and I can't stand the texture--plus all the little strands that you don't quite swallow. Yuck. I'll keep going here at the risk of alienating folks, but so many good desserts are ruined by including shredded coconut.
There--my four cents. But we do avoid it because of some package warnings.

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