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Tree Nut Allergy Diet for Children

General guidelines for tree nut allergy

The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid giving your child the foods or products containing the food to which he or she is allergic. The items that your child is allergic to are called allergens.

A tree nut allergy is an abnormal response of the body to the proteins found in tree nuts. To avoid foods that contain tree nuts, it is important to read food labels.

How to read a label for a tree nut-free diet

Be sure to avoid foods that contain any of the following ingredients:

  • Almonds

  • Artificial nuts

  • Beechnut

  • Brazil nuts

  • Butternut

  • Cashews

  • Chestnuts

  • Chinquapin nut

  • Coconut

  • Filberts

  • Hazelnuts

  • Gianduja (A creamy mixture of chocolate and chopped toasted nuts found in premium or imported chocolate.)

  • Ginkgo nut

  • Hickory nuts

  • Litchi/lichee/lychee nut

  • Macadamia nuts

  • Mandelonas (peanuts soaked in almond oil)

  • Marzipan/almond paste

  • Nangai nut

  • Natural nut extract

  • Nougat

  • Nut butters (for example, cashew butter or almond butter)

  • Nutella (a hazelnut spread)

  • Nut oil, nut pieces, nut meal

  • Nut paste (for example, almond paste)

  • Pecans

  • Pesto

  • Pili nut

  • Pine nuts (pignolia)

  • Pistachios

  • Praline

  • Shea nut

  • Walnuts

Note: Talk to your health care provider about the need to avoid peanuts.

To avoid tree nuts

  • Nu-Nuts® artificial nuts are peanuts that have been deflavored and reflavored with a nut such as pecan or walnut.

  • Filberts are hazelnuts.

  • Avoid natural extracts, such as pure almond extract and natural wintergreen extract (for the child who is filbert or hazelnut allergic).

  • Use imitation or artificially flavored extracts.

  • Ethnic foods, commercially prepared baked goods, and candy can be cross-contaminated with nuts since nuts are frequently used in these types of foods.

  • Tree nuts are being added to an increasing variety of foods, such as barbecue sauces, cereals, crackers, and ice creams.

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