Peanuts and tree nuts are a common ingredient or garnish for many restaurant dishes, but for some guests, even a trace amount of nut protein can cause an allergic reaction. Peanuts and tree nut allergic reactions tend to be very severe and may be life-threatening. Estimates show that nearly 3.1 million Americans suffer from tree nut allergies, and the number of children with peanut allergies doubled between 1997 and 2002. So it is important to be aware of the common foods and ingredients that contain nuts in order to assure your guests have a healthy dining experience.
Types of Tree Nuts
The following is a list of common tree nuts that are known to cause allergic reactions and should be avoided when preparing dishes:
- Brazil nut
- Macadamia nut
- Pine nut
Common Foods that Contain Tree Nuts
Whether in trace amounts or as a primary ingredient, tree nuts can be found in a variety of common ready-to-eat foods.
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Ingredients to Avoid
When serving guests with peanut or tree nut allergies, be sure to read food labels for common ingredients that contain contain nut proteins.
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*Information on these tables have been compiled from the Food Allergy Initiative’s Website