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Posted on: Thu, 11/03/2005 - 5:35am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

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.
[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited November 03, 2005).]

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 7:40am
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

Nutmeg should be OK. A peanut is technically a legume - not a nut - however my daughter is TA as well as PA and I know that nutmeg is not a tree nut either.
Of course, talk to your allergist if you have real concerns or see signs of a reaction.

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2001 - 12:59pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I keep my PA son away from all nut products and kept him away from nutmeg as well. In the last issue of the FAN newsletter, they listed a recipe which used nutmeg as being safe for Pa and I believe (I say "believe" because I do not have the newsletter in front of me, and may be wrong) safe for Nut allergy. Please check for yourself. I do let my son eat stuff with nutmeg in it now.

Posted on: Wed, 09/05/2001 - 5:54am
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Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

Nutmeg is not a nut, its a spice made from the kernel of a seed of a type of evergreen tree (mace is another spice made from a different part of this seed)

Posted on: Sat, 09/28/2002 - 9:33am
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Joined: 09/21/2002 - 09:00

From what I have heard, nutmeg is not a nut.

Posted on: Sat, 09/28/2002 - 9:42am
Love my C's picture
Joined: 04/03/2002 - 09:00

You know I had this same question last year as I was making Christmas cookies. So, I called up an adult I know that has peanut and tree nut allergies and he told me that he can eat nutmeg just fine.
I did let my son have a cookie and he was fine....although not a big nutmeg fan.
However, you might want to ask your allergist just to be safe [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 09/28/2002 - 11:06am
DebO's picture
Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

Hi there
I remembered this question from before, so did a search on the site and found the answer - rilira was able to tell us what nutmeg was. I have raised the thread on the Main Discussion Board.

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 2:02pm
KarenH's picture
Joined: 09/21/2002 - 09:00

Straight from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.....
Nutmeg is obtained from the seeds of the tropical tree species Myristica fragrans. It is safe for an individual with a tree nut allergy.

Posted on: Wed, 11/22/2006 - 10:33am
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Joined: 04/13/2005 - 09:00

Nutmeg is a seed of a fruit of an evergreen.
Read down by 'risks and toxicity' --- learn something new everyday!
30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Wed, 11/22/2006 - 10:34am
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Joined: 08/25/2003 - 09:00

I think it's a thin skin that dries around an actual nutshell. The skin is grated off and used as the spice. My understanding is that it isn't the nut part and should be safe. But we're not allergic to nuts yet.


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