UnderCover Waitress: Legumes and Peanuts and Tree Nuts, Oh My!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Legumes and Peanuts and Tree Nuts, Oh My!

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Did a little digging after reading all of the comments on my last post.

Peanuts are part of the legume family which includes peas and beans. A person may suffer with a peanut allergy and not be allergic to lentils, pinto beans, and other members of the legume family.

Pecans are tree nuts, as are walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias, hazelnuts, pistachios and chestnuts, among others. Being allergic to one tree nut does not necessarily mean you are allergic to other tree nuts. Also, you may be able to eat peanuts if you have a tree nut allergy.

Many professionals advice people with any one of these allergies to simply avoid all tree nuts and peanuts just to be safe, according to advice columnist Alice at Columbia University. People may discover exactly what foods they are allergic to by visiting an allergist for medically supervised testing.

(And don't forget to tell your waitress.)

Go Ask Alice!

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