Skittles and Palm Kernel Oil

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Anybody have info on Palm Kernel Oil? I looked it up and read that it is the oil of the nut of the palm. So, is it a tree nut, and are people allergic to it?

On Oct 19, 2005

i dont think its a nut but im not sure. it may be the fruit?? i believe my son eats this in lots of snack items.

On Oct 19, 2005

I'm fairly sure it is a tree FRUIT not nut. If I can remember, later tonight I'll try to do a Google and see what it finds. My guy is PA only, but again I'm fairly sure it's a FRUIT.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 19, 2005

I often hear palm kernel oil, coconut oil, shea nut oil, etc referred to as being "nuts"

As for me, I eat them all as I personally consider them to be fruits.

Disclaimer: I am not a botanist [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

On Oct 19, 2005

aren't nuts fruits? i thought i learned that growing up during conversations on the food pyramid. i don't know, but i was wondering that about acorns because my son picked one up today outside. i didn't know what to think.

On Oct 19, 2005

[url="http://www.fosfa.org/resources/res_seeds_palm.htm"]http://www.fosfa.org/resources/res_seeds_palm.htm[/url]

Good review of palm kernel oil at this website. It appears to come from the kernel or seed of the palm tree fruit. Incidentally, palm kernal oil is used in some suppositiories such as Feverall which is an acetominophen or tyelenol type suppository. I had to call Alpharma which is the company who makes Feverall when my 2 year old PA DS was sick with a high fever and didn't want to take anything by mouth. The "hydrogenated oil" listed on the ingredients of this medicine turned out to be palm kernel oil. This is the only time to my knowledge that he had palm kernel oil and had no problems with it.

On Oct 19, 2005

ahhh...the whole "fruit", "nut", "seed" debate!

I found this site very helpful, Adele posted it in another forum a while back:

"Fruits Called Nuts"

[url="http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ecoph8.htm"]http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ecoph8.htm[/url]

Adrienne

------------------ 30-year old survivor of sever peanut/tree nut allergy

On Oct 20, 2005

Thank you, everyone. Funny thing is that I did study botany, and I still find it inconsistent. From the terms that are used inconsistently (nuts, drupes, seeds) to people being allergic to one member of one genus, not to another in the same genus, but allergic to one in a different genus, whose protein structure is closer in similarity to the first. And then, when you look at which part of the vegetation one is consuming (seed, oil of seed, fleshy fruit part, liquid of fleshy fruit), who knows? I guess we will just try it and see. It doesn't seem to be one of the foods that others are commonly allergic to, although I guess one can be allergic to any protein.

Thanks again [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Oct 20, 2005

well, we dont avoid palm or coconut but do avoid shea

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