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Food Allergy: Are peanuts tree nuts?

Nuts, eggs, milk, fish are commonly associated with food allergies among kids as well as adults.

Nut allergies are among the most common food allergies, but this does not include peanuts.

So here is the question: Are peanuts tree nuts?

The answer is NO. Peanuts are legumes, not nuts. So what are considered as tree nuts? Here are some examples: Pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, Brazilian nuts. Tree nut allergy is one of the most common food allergies that affect 1% US population. About 30% peanut allergic individuals are also allergic to tree nuts, however, just because some one reacts to tree nuts, it does not mean he or she will also react to peanuts.

What about sunflower oil, or jojoba oil? They are seed oils. Data shows that they are well tolerated by tree nut allergic individuals. Coconut oil is a popular oil both in cooking as well as in skincare products. The interesting fact is coconut is actually a fruit and not really a tree nut either! In addition, cocunuts are well tolerated among tree nut-allergic individuals!

What about Shea butter? It comes from the seed of the shea fruit. Although it is distantly related to Brazil nut, shea allergy is extremely rare! The reason behind it is likely due to the fact that shea butter contains no IgE-binding proteins.

At LEMYKA we use plant oils such as avocado oil, sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil in our skincare products. We also use many plant extracts such as calendula, green tea, aloe vera that full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Enjoy LEMYKA creams with a peace of mind, knowing that our talented scientists have done thorough research to exclude any potential allergens and use only the safest and most gentle ingredients.


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