Most nuts are the seeds or dried fruits of trees. They grow all over the world in assorted shapes
Avoid these foods and foods that contain any of these ingredients:
• Artificial nuts
• Brazil nuts
• Gianduja or Nutella® (a mixture of chocolate and chopped toasted nuts found in premium or imported chocolate)
• Hickory nuts
• Macadamia nuts
• Marzipan/almond paste
• Nut butters, i.e. cashew butter
• Nut meal
• Nut oil
• Nut paste, i.e. almond paste
• Pecans (mashuga nuts)
• Pine nuts (pinyon, Indian nuts)
• ALWAYS read labels. ALWAYS ask about ingredients in restaurants, bakeries, etc. ALWAYS call the company if you have a question (they will be most accommodating if you tell them you have a nut allergy). WHEN IN DOUBT: DO NOT EAT IT!
• About 50% of people with a tree nut allergy will be allergic to more than one kind of nut. Therefore, avoid all nuts.
• Occasionally, people with tree nut allergy develop allergy to other seeds, such as sesame, cottonseed, rapeseed (canola), or mustard.
Other hints on what to avoid and nut-free suggestions
• Artificial nuts can be peanuts that have been deflavored and reflavored with a nut, like pecan or walnut, or may be a variety of nuts ground and reshaped into other nuts.
• Avoid natural extracts such as almond extract, natural wintergreen extract (Usually made with filbert/hazelnut). Use imitation or artificially flavored extracts.
• Nuts are often added to a variety of foods, including barbecue sauces, cereal, crackers, wheatless cakes, ice cream, and baked goods.
• Nuts are used in many ethnic dishes.
• Coconut, nutmeg, and water chestnuts are not in the tree nut family.