NUTMEG - Peanut Allergy Information


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Does anyone actually know what nutmeg is? I have done a search on this sight and others, and have not found a great deal of info. I have read that some people strictly avoid it and that others have no problem with it. I would appreciate any info you can give.

Thankx Donna

On May 29, 1999


The following link will give you a good definition/description of what nutmeg is: [url=""][/url]


On May 30, 1999

At the FAN conference someone asked about nutmeg and coconut and Dr. Sampson said peanut/nut allergic people did not have to avoid these (unless of course you specifically have an allergies to these). He said Coconut is actually a fruit and not a nut.

On Jun 1, 1999

Thank you for answering my question, I love having this board to turn to when I have one of those questions I just can't seem to get an answer to. Thankx again Donna

On Jun 10, 1999

What about Vanilla bean? I've often wondered about whether it would bother my peanut-allergic daughter.

On Jun 10, 1999

Vanilla is in the Orchid Family. There is a list of food families at [url=""][/url]

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On Sep 15, 2003

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On Sep 15, 2003

From AllAllergy.Net's allergen database--the database is a wonderful resource

Nutmeg is the kernel of the fruit also producing Mace (Rf266). It is used as a flavoring in all sorts of breads, baked goods, frostings, toppings, cordials, eggnog, in prepared mustard, ethnic dishes, fruits and fruit-based drinks, in meat dishes, headcheese, liver sausage, minced ham and bologna. Oil of nutmeg is used as a flavor and is toxic in large quantities.

Clinical experience IgE antibodies to nutmeg have been measured (16,25). In a later study of celery and pollen-allergic patients, half of the patients had IgE antibodies to nutmeg (16). See also Mace (Rf266).

On Nov 20, 2004

Just re-raising due to time of year & use of nutmeg. So many new members!

Many "nutmeg" threads just in the Main Discussion Board -- so, if you're new & unsure -- please just enter "nutmeg" into board search & read on.


On Nov 20, 2004

ajas_folks, I just had to check out the thread because I thought, Chrikey, not nutmeg again, but then understand that yes, it is that time of year and if you've never dealt with the question before.....

It's been great to see you posting by the way. [img][/img]

Best wishes! [img][/img]

On Nov 1, 2005


Try a little nutmeg in your mashed potatoes. I got the tip from the Executive chef from the Marriott Hotel where I used to work. Deeliciousss!!

On Nov 1, 2005

Allspice safe too? I remember somewhere thinking it was, but for some reason I am hesitant once again? Its great in apple cider I make at Christmas time. Thanks Andrea

On Nov 3, 2005

My Pa son has no problem with nutmeg, allspice or vanilla. As far as I know they are not in the nut or legume family at all. ( I could be wrong) Other Baking news.. I just called Mc Cormick . the spice company.. about their Imitation almond extract. They told me no nuts AT ALL were used in the Imitation almond extract and that even in the pure Almond extract there were no nuts. I'm not sure how that is possible but that's what they said. I'm not trusting the pure stuff even though the woman I talked to told me they don't use ANY real nut products on their lines due to cross contamination and allergies. She sounded very aware and educated on the matter but I'm still not sure. Any body else use extracts and wonder about this?

On Nov 3, 2005

Yup, it's true. McCormick doesn't use any nuts in its factory. Pure Almond Extract is actually made from peach pits. Awesome for us. A bummer, I guess, if you are not allergic to nuts!

On Nov 3, 2005

I'm not sure if this is the same as "natural almond flavoring", but almond extract is usually made from bitter almonds which are in the same botanical family as almonds (and also apricots, peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines, etc.) Almond extract can also be made from the kernels inside apricot pits--this substance is chemically identical to extract made from bitter almond kernels.

Bitter almonds and the inner pits of stone fruits correspond to the nut in the fruit of the almond tree. However, most of them contain prussic acid (cyanide) and are not edible unless highly processed.

I think that people who are allergic to almonds would be prudent to avoid bitter almond oil, which is used to make almond extract. It is probably ok since it is refined (like refined peanut oil for the peanut allergic) but who really wants to risk it?


------------------ Mom to 6 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 2 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

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