Is coconut considered a tree nut allergy?
Coconut is a versatile fruit that has been used in various forms. It can be eaten raw, cooked, or even processed into oil and cream. However, many people wonder if coconut is considered a tree nut allergy since it comes from the palm tree family.
Understanding Tree Nuts
Before we go any further with coconuts, let’s first understand what tree nuts are all about. Tree nuts refer to those grown on trees such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios among others. These are common allergens known to cause severe reactions such as anaphylaxis symptoms when consumed orally or exposed through skin contact.
So What About Coconuts?
Drumroll! According to FDA definition lists of major food allergens under FALCPA (Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act), coconut isn’t classified as a true nut (woot woot!), but rather falls under distant cousins of tropical fruits group like bananas! Therefore having an allergy reaction towards tree nuts does not necessarily mean this extends to other foods that belong to similar “families”.
Why Do Some Confuse Coconuts for Nuts?
It’s understandable why some may belive they have cross-reactivity between coconuts and actual tree-nut allergies due to its name containing the word “nut”, showing signs of allergic reactions after eating them could easily lead someone astray.
People who face pollen allergies from birch trees may experience oral itching after consuming certain types of raw fruits – one particular symptom found with excessive consumption- including apples, peaches…and another side-effect being Coconuts –as weird as it seems– which share enzymatic similarities/accordingly triggers immune response creating mild oral allergic effects…, but none actual life-threatening risks/effects/threats!
Therefore if you experience a strange mouth irritation or experience issues after enjoying your tropical coconut, as Dr. Sheldon Spector, might explain: “It’s more about a cross-reactivity due to factors of similar proteins than an actual authentic allergy reaction per say!”
A List of Foods Possibly Connected to Cross-Reactivity with Tree Nut Allergies
For reference purposes sake, here is a conclusive yet probably unnecessary totally list of foods that share similarities!
|marzipan/almond paste/marsipan||Contains tree nuts or almonds|
|nougat||May contain almond paste or peanuts, which are known allergens itself|
|nut cream/grainy vegetable spread/dips based on groundnuts||Contains peanut allergies (again duh!), also found within the category for legume family|
|Wheat germ/wheat flour/breakfast cereals|
|or batter and coatings relying too much on wheat-based products as ingredients|
|Share Classmates in common groupings due to occasional similarities in their structure…no allergic consequences observed|
While this quick snapshot hints at some food categories triggering allergic reactions within people who have gone through sensitization from other allergen groups…, Coconut by no means qualifies therefore adding confusion between its placement.
Bottom Line — Go ahead eat up Folks!!
Unless you’ve specifically addressed concerns with a certified allergist then go right ahead and enjoy your Pina Coladas! Coconuts are FAR from risky re-stating FAQ series information provided by American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology “If someone has both sensitivity towards coconuts AND tree-nut allergies – it ain’t because they belong under same tree nuts classification!”
Therefore feel free to slather all forms coconut oil while browsing thru Instagram stories later today!/ 🙂