Coconut OK?

Posted on: Tue, 11/23/1999 - 10:43pm
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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.

Thanks,
Jennifer

Posted on: Wed, 11/24/1999 - 1:00am
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Jennifer,
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.
MaryLynn

Posted on: Sat, 11/27/1999 - 9:51am
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Tracy

Posted on: Fri, 06/02/2000 - 11:59am
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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!
Sazzy

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2000 - 1:33am
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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
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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
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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.

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