It’s National Food Awareness Allergy Month. If you have a food allergy, you know how to manage it. However, your friends and extended family may not be aware of all of the things that surround a food allergy and what can trigger a reaction.
At Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, we are allergy aware and twist our pretzels in a nut-free bakery. For this special month, we want to make you aware of the major food allergies affecting our friends and family. Today, our focus moves to tree nuts.
Tree nuts include walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios and Brazil nuts. But don’t confuse them with the peanut, which is a legume, or seeds like sunflower and sesame.
These nuts can be found, but are not always included in, honey, fish dishes, pie crust, mandelonas, mortadella, salads and salad dressing, barbeque sauce, breading for chicken, pancakes, meat-free burgers and pasta.
Here are some fast facts about tree nut allergies from The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network:
- Tree nuts may be found in a wide range of unexpected foods for flavor or consistency. If ingredient information is not provided for a particular food or you question its accuracy, avoid the food completely.
- Tree nuts can cause severe allergic reactions. If your doctor has prescribed epinephrine, be sure to always carry it with you. Learn more about anaphylaxis.
- Most experts advise patients who have been diagnosed with an allergy to specific tree nuts to avoid all tree nuts.
Do you know someone with tree nut allergies? Share your stories with us!