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Tree Nuts

Many peanut allergic people needlessly avoid nuts. Contrary to what most people believe, peanuts are not part of the nut family. They are in the legume family.

Nut sensitivity is reported to be one of the most common food allergies among adults but little information is available regarding how many people are affected. A number of nuts have caused sever anaphylactic reactions.

Avoid Common Tree Nuts

  • Almond
  • Filbert
  • Hazelnut
  • Brazil nut
  • Cashew
  • Pistachio
  • Pine nut
  • Walnut
  • Pecan
  • Hickory nut

A nut allergic person is likely to react to a variety of different nuts. However, until a physician has carefully tested with double blind challenges, it is wise to be cautious. Any one suffering from an anaphylactic reaction to one nut should avoid other nuts because of the potential to react to other nuts.

Contact Information

Allergy and Inflammation - Research
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Center for Life Science, 9th floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-723-4110
617-735-4115