Nut-free diets are strict diets, free from nuts.
‘Nut’ commonly refers to the seed of a tree, encased in a shell.
They involve the avoidance of any tree nuts and seeds such as:
- Brazil nuts
- Macadamia nuts
Nuts are the leading ingredients of cooking oils and margarines. There are more than 300 types of nuts, the coconut is by far the most widely grown and used, followed by the peanut – both of which are classed as seeds.
Nuts are commonly associated with allergic reactions, involving an immune response upon exposure to the allergen. The most common allergy being to peanuts.
Symptoms may include:
- rashes, hives
- asthma attacks or inflammation
- anaphylaxis, a severe, possibly life-threatening allergic reaction which can affect the airways, breathing or circulation
If a reaction occurs, such as tingling in the mouth, emergency medical help should be sought immediately.
There are many nut-free alternative recipes and food out there, including on this site. It is important to read labels with care.
Seeds: Many people with peanut or tree nut allergies are able to eat seeds without any problems. Coconut and pine nuts as opposed to nuts. The majority of nut allergic people can eat them, although always check with your GP if unsure.