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post #21 of 26

I don't think tree nuts pose a problem.

 

My spouse, who was born in 1965, is allergic to tree nuts, with Brazil nuts, cashews and walnuts being the biggest offenders (weirdly, tho, he can eat pecans). He doesn't have to go to the ER or anything, but they make the inside of his mouth sore and swollen.

So tree nut allergies have definitely been around for a while...

post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by glassesgirlnj View Post

I don't think tree nuts pose a problem.

 

My spouse, who was born in 1965, is allergic to tree nuts, with Brazil nuts, cashews and walnuts being the biggest offenders (weirdly, tho, he can eat pecans). He doesn't have to go to the ER or anything, but they make the inside of his mouth sore and swollen.

So tree nut allergies have definitely been around for a while...

 

Sorry, I didn't word that correctly, I meant that tree nuts don't inherently pose the same problem to kids allergic to peanuts, as peanuts do... So if there is a child with a peanut allergy, it doesn't necessarily mean that almonds are also banned. 

post #23 of 26
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I don't think tree nuts pose a problem. I'm not sure where you are, but in Ontario schools the alternative to peanut butter is actually almond butter.

I did check with the school when we started whether the ban was peanuts only or included tree nuts as I know they are not always the same. Anyway our ban definitely extends to tree nuts and apparently coconuts which I though were not nuts..

 

I'm over in the UK, I've never seen almond butter I'll have to keep an eye out. I love Almonds.

post #24 of 26
I have never heard of a coconut allergy being common enough to ban it from schools!
post #25 of 26
I have a close friend with a super severe coconut allergy. It's even extended to coconut flavorings and milk used in soaps and whatnot. It's quite crazy.
My HS had a nut ban because there were a few students that had extreme contact reactions, but at the same time they sold candy bars and peanut butter candy in the school store. It always baffled me how a school with over 3000 kids not counting staff, and teachers could have a nut ban but still sell items that include it.
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by HappyMonkey View Post

I have never heard of a coconut allergy being common enough to ban it from schools!

According to the FDA a coconut is a nut and coconut products must be labeled as containing nuts. They ARE NOT nuts. They dont even cross react with nuts.  Its all very confusing. My DS outgrew his coconut allergy so we learned that it does cross react with palm oil/fruit. 

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