With the advent of nut allergies, the high number of people affected and the potentially deadly effects of nut allergies, an active campaign of research into the nut has ensued. As a result of this extensive research a greater understanding of nut allergies has given us not only a better understanding of the enemy but it has provided us with greater alternatives to a food staple that has otherwise totally engulfed the human diet.
Peanuts have become a mainstay in our diets the world over. No matter what dish you make, no matter what snack you prepare, the possibility of it having a nut content is huge. It follows thus that a vigilant eye must be kept on the labels provided on any and all products to ensure that the wrong item doesn’t appear in your meals or snacks. Of all adults that have an allergy to nuts, half of them are also allergic to nuts of different varieties as well. Most children too who suffer from peanut allergies are likewise affected. A wide number of people the world over have allergies to a large variety of nuts of which pistachio nuts, hazelnuts, and pine nuts , walnuts and cashews find their place.
A common form of allergy that affects millions of people globally is that of allergies to tree nuts. This is characterized by extreme sensitivity to products created in part with tree nuts that generates an extreme reaction in a person’s immune system. The resulting physical symptoms from this hypersensitivity can be mild or extreme and can hospitalize or cause death. Examples of tree nuts are walnuts, Brazil nuts, pistachios, chestnuts, pecans, cashews, macadamia nuts, pine nuts and hazelnuts. There are rare instances of allergies of one person to many if not all forms of nuts available and as a safety precaution they are advised to avoid any and all nuts available. For the majority though, this is not the issue even though some proteins in nuts to which one is allergic to is present in nuts to which they are not allergic to. Increased sensitization to any nuts will occur with prolonged exposure to the particular nut generating variations of allergic reactions from mild to extreme symptoms.