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About 0.4-0.5% of American children have a tree nut allergy which is the most common cause of anaphylaxis--a deadly allergic reaction.
Although nut allergy is life-threatening, not all reactions can be. And not many people understand that.
Nevertheless, dealing with allergies can be traumatic and tough because some people are allergic to a number of different types of nuts, and there are some who are allergic to just one. Isn’t life fair like that?
Looking for answers and resources online can add stress to the situation so we’ve rounded up
the easiest ways to avoid life-threatening allergic reactions.
We’ve also looked for the simplest recipes you can try at home so you wouldn’t have to worry about what to make on your next meal.
We've got you covered!
Unfortunately, tree nut allergy is life-long however, about 9% of kids outgrow their nut allergy. Avoiding peanuts completely may be the most recommended treatment for people with a nut allergy but this can be very difficult in everyday life.
Nuts and seeds are an important source of protein, especially for vegetarian or vegan people or people who prefer a special diet for religious reasons.
Therefore, a change in diet should be consulted with a qualified nutritionist and not be carried out without a medical diagnosis.
Here are 3 ways you can do to prevent nut allergies:
Children should be informed that they are allergic to peanuts. Show them what peanuts look like and how they are packaged.
Let them know the consequences if they try to eat it. Peanut allergy should always be an issue in everyday life so they won’t forget.
Train your child to remember to do these things to avoid any allergic reactions:
Inform your child’s school and teachers of his/her peanut allergy. Make clear guidelines on the course of action in case of an emergency.
Nuts and peanuts are actually almost everywhere. Make reading ingredients lists a habit to avoid nuts getting into your system.
These products may contain peanuts or traces of it:
Non-food products can also contain nut / peanut proteins or nut / peanut oils:
If you’ve been trying to manage your or your child’s food allergies for a long time or you’ve been newly diagnosed, here are some top organizations and agencies to help and support you:
As a nut allergy sufferer, you don’t have to avoid all nuts, only those you are allergic to.
However, this is difficult to do when you are going to eat out or buy ready meals from stores.
Since nut allergy triggers don’t get destroyed when cooking or baking, it’s better to prepare your own meals or avoid eating out as much as possible.
Even the smallest traces of nuts are enough to be life-threatening. Pay attention to your cooking or baking utensils and work in a clean area.
We know it’s hard to go through that list and not feel frustrated.
But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the other nuts that are “safe”!
Nutmeg, coconuts, chestnuts and beech nuts are usually well tolerated, provided there are no cross allergic reactions.
Sunflower seeds, linseed, pine nuts and pumpkin seeds or poppy seeds are also not dangerous allergens.
Here’s a quick one-day meal plan you can try with your kids!
Breakfast: Nut-free Breakfast Granola
500 g 4-grain flakes
100 g pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
150 g flaxseed, crushed
100 g chia seeds, crushed
100 g sunflower seeds (lightly crushed)
75 g hemp seeds
75 g maple syrup
70 g coconut fat, melted
Lunch: Veggie Noodles with Sunflower Butter Dressing
For the veggie noodles:
2 Cups Cooked Veggie Noodles (we used butternut squash, zucchini and onions)
For the sunflower butter dressing:
1 cup sunflower seed butter
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbs GF soy sauce or coconut aminos
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp rice vinegar
Dinner: Chickpea Avocado Pasta
8 oz chickpea pasta
2 very ripe avocados
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Dessert: Nut-free Raw Lemon Raspberry Cake (Vegan, Gluten-free, Oil-free)
For the crust:
1/2 cup buckwheat groats, soaked in water for 4 hours, then drained
3/4 cup dates, pitted and diced
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
For the lemon layer:
3/4 cup sunflower seeds, soaked in water for 4 hours, then drained
3/4 cup dates, pitted and diced
1 1/8 cup water or coconut milk if it doesn’t need to be 100% raw
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup lemon juice & zest
1 teaspoon turmeric
1-2 pinches salt
For the raspberry layer:
2 cups raspberries
1/2 cup water or coconut milk if it doesn’t need to be 100% raw
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soaked in water for 4 hours, then drained
1/2 cup dates, pitted and diced
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 pinch salt
dehydrated raspberries and desiccated coconut
Snack: Cardamom Cookies with Tahini
150 g gluten-free oatmeal or buckwheat flakes
150 g tahini
250 g soft, pitted dates
pinch of salt
pinch of vanilla
pinch of cardamom
Optional: a pinch of cinnamon
Sesame seeds to garnish
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