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Tree Nut Allergy

A tree nut allergy can be triggered by even a tiny amount of tree nut protein in the ingredients of an ingested food. A peanut isn’t a nut it is a legume. Although many people with a tree nut allergy are also allergic to peanuts, a peanut allergy should not be confused with a tree nut allergy. Tree nuts are large, edible seeds of trees.

Alternative names include:
  • almonds
  • anacardium nuts
  • brazil nuts
  • cashews
  • chestnuts
  • filberts
  • gianduja (found in premium or imported chocolate)
  • hazelnuts
  • hickory nuts
  • macadamia nuts
  • marzipan
  • pecans
  • pine nuts (pignolia and pinion)
  • pistachios
  • walnuts

Tree nut protein is found in: Any oil, butter, or paste made from tree nuts (see above), Nu-Nuts (artificial nuts), nougat, many chocolate candy and desserts, and most natural extracts (natural wintergreen extract is made from hazelnuts).

Hidden Sources: Ethnic foods, commercially prepared baked goods, candy can be cross-contaminated, pesto, barbeque sauces, cereals, crackers, ice cream, and most natural extracts (natural wintergreen extract is made from hazelnuts). Use imitation of artificially flavored extracts instead.

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