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Tree Nut Allergies
Tree nuts are nuts that grow on trees. They include almonds, cashews, hazelnuts (also called filberts), pecans, pistachio, and walnuts. Peanuts are in a different category (legume family) since they grow underground. Up to half of individuals allergic to peanuts will also be allergic to tree nuts.
Some individuals with hay fever can be allergic to pecan and walnut trees. Here, the individuals are allergic to the pollen of the trees - not the nuts themselves. There is no cross-reactivity between pollen from pecan/walnut trees and the nuts of these trees.
One of the biggest difficulties with nut avoidance has to do with cross-contamination. Fortunately, all of my utensils, bowls, etc. are sterilized before each use. Therefore, there is no threat of cross-contamination.
Tree Nut Avoidance
Avoid products that contain:
- Brazil Nut
- Macadamia Nut
- Pine Nut
- Shea Nut Butter
- Sweet Almond Oil