Coconut Question

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2001 - 4:14am
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pI am preparing a desert which contains coconut. With the search option down, I'm trying to remember weather coconut is safe or not. I seem to remember reading that it is OK because it is not a nut but rather a fruit./p
pThanks/p
pKatiee (Wade's mom)/p

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2001 - 5:59am
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Coconut is indeed OK, in fact, when Kevin was little, his favorite Italian ices were coconut. However, it is possible to allergic to coconut as well.
Amy

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2001 - 6:23am
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Thank's for the quick reply...I'll let Wade have some tonight. Guess we'll see!
Katiee (Wade's mom)

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2001 - 8:25am
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Hi there,
My pa son has eaten coconut without a problem but I just thought I would let you know that we have found numerous brands of shredded coconut with a may contain nut/peanut warning on it. You might want to check directly with the company who makes the brand you want to use before you assume it is actually safe.
JLS

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2001 - 8:26am
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Hi there,
My pa son has eaten coconut without a problem but I just thought I would let you know that we have found numerous brands of shredded coconut with a may contain nut/peanut warning on it. You might want to check directly with the company who makes the brand you want to use before you assume it is actually safe.
JLS

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2004 - 1:31pm
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andrewsmomma, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] My PA son can eat coconut no problem. He is PA only but we avoid tree nuts because of potential cross contamination issues. Peanuts are a legume. I'm not sure if a coconut is a legume or not or if it would be considered a fruit.
There has been a lot of discussion on this board about coconut, I know I've asked the question myself, simply because of the word *nut* at the end of coco.
I'm going to re-raise Cayley's Mom's excellent thread re cross-reactives, which may or may not be helpful. I'm not sure if it will show coconut as a separate allergy and what other foods are connected to it.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2004 - 1:38pm
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I re-raised Cayley's Mom's cross-reactive list and here is the first post that I could find with my aged tired eyes that included coconut:-
PLANT FAMILIES
Apple: Apple, pear
Buckwheat: Buckwheat, rhubarb
Cashew: Cashew nut, mango, pistachio
Citrus: Grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, tangerine
Cola Nut: Chocolate (cocoa), cola
Fungi: Mushroom, yeast
Goosefoot: Beet, spinach
Gourd: Cantaloupe, cucumber, pumpkin, squash, watermelon
Grass (Grains): Barley, brown cane sugar, corn, oats, rice, rye, wheat
Heath: Blueberry, cranberry
Laurel: Avocado, bay leaf, cinnamon
Lily: Asparagus, garlic, onion
Mallow: Cottonseed, marshmallow, okra
Mint: Basil, oregano, peppermint, sage, spearmint, thyme
Mulberry: Breadfruit, fig, hops
Morning Glory: Sweet potato, yam
Mustard: Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, mustard, radish,
turnip
Myrtle: Allspice, clove, guava, pimento
Nightshade: Bell pepper, chili pepper, eggplant, paprika, potato, red pepper,
tobacco, tomato
Palm: Coconut, date
Parsley: Anise, carrot, celery, celery seed, coriander, cumin
Pea (Legume): Alfalfa, black-eyed pea, dry beans, green beans, licorice, pea,
peanut
Pineapple: Pineapple
Plum: Almond, apricot, cherry, peach, plum
Rose: Blackberry, raspberry, strawberry
Saxifrage: Currant, gooseberry
Sunflower: Artichoke, chamomile, lettuce, tarragon
Walnut: Pecan, walnut
ANIMAL FOODS
Birds: Chicken, egg, turkey
Crayfish: Crab, lobster, shrimp
Fish: All true fish such as Catfish, Perch, Salmon, Tuna, etc.
Mammals: Beef, cow's milk, lamb, pork
Mollusks: Abalone, clam, mussel, octopus, oyster, scallop, snail, squid
SOME RELATION AMONG FOOD FAMILIES
These foods are not related to each other or to any other foods: Banana, Black
Pepper, Brazil Nut, Coffee, Grape, Honey, Pineapple, Tapioca, Tea, Vanilla
Patients sensitive to ragweed may intolerate Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Bananas,
Chamomile
Patients sensitive to birch may intolerate Apple, Pear, Hazelnut, Peach
Patients sensitive to house dust mite may react to escargo and possibly shrimp
Patients sensitive to latex may react to Kiwi fruit, Mango
Cross-sensitivity among different "inhalants" and food is still
intensely investigated. Please discuss this with your allergist.
This doesn't really tell you much, except that a coconut is not a legume and is related to the date somehow. Her list is well worth checking out.
Hope this helps a bit. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2004 - 9:56pm
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Coconut is a fruit, peanuts are legumes. My PA son loves coconut, and eats it frequently.
However, I was allergic to coconut as a child and teen, but have outgrown it. Whenever I ate it I got hives all over.
Hope that helps.
Amy

Posted on: Fri, 04/02/2004 - 12:20am
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Our 6 year old is PA, TN, & coconut allergic. He was eating coconut without any problems but at his last RAST testing a year ago he came up with a 0/1 response to coconut and his allergist said he now needed to avoid it.
The allergist said it is debatable whether or not a 0/1 rating will actually cause a reaction but subsequent exposures could make him more allergic. It is a a bit strange because our son originally only tested positive to peanut.
We strictly avoided all types of nuts but then he started testing positive to TN even though to our knowledge he wasn

Posted on: Fri, 04/02/2004 - 3:37am
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My son is allergic to coconut but I've always been told it's a completely seperate allergy - he has other food allergies that are unrelated to peanuts and tree nuts, too. Our allergist said that coconut is a fruit and that it is a rare allergy (lucky us!). Here's a thread I posted in off topic about skin care ingredients that might be derived from coconut if you're interested:
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum22/HTML/000882.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum22/HTML/000882.html[/url]
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Jana
[url="http://www.seattlefoodallergy.org"]www.seattlefoodallergy.org[/url]

Posted on: Fri, 04/02/2004 - 11:00pm
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Thanks for all the info from everyone. now i got a list of stuff to go through and more research to do today thanks once again!! andrewsmomma

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