National Nut Day falls annually on the 22nd of October. It’s the day when we recognize the importance of nutritious peanuts and tree nuts and their health benefits which include boosting cardiovascular health and cognitive ability and serving as a great source of protein. Consider some of the ways nuts can contribute to health:
- Almonds contain calcium for bone-building as well as Vitamin E for healthy skin.
- Brazil contain selenium which helps with thyroid function.
- Cashews contain iron and zinc as well as magnesium which is thought to help with memory function.
The peanut imposter
Did you know that peanuts aren’t technically a nut? They’re actually a legume! Peanuts grow underground whereas true nuts such as almonds, cashews, or Brazil nuts grow on trees. That’s right. Peanuts are technically beans!
Like other foods, peanuts contain proteins that evoke allergic reactions in some people. For some, nuts can be a minor inconvenience. For others, nut allergies can be life threatening.
Nut allergy is a common food allergy in kids and adults.
The majority of nut allergy cases are mild.
Some rare cases lead to anaphylaxis – a potentially fatal allergic reaction.
Nut allergies tends to be a lifelong experience. Only approximately nine percent of kids with a nut allergy outgrow it.
A person allergic to one type of nut is likely to be allergic to other nuts.
A nut allergy may manifest through skin reactions, respiratory problems, and some digestive issues. Here are some symptoms:
Skin rashes or redness
Stuffy or runny nose
Managing Nut Allergies
For those who have nut allergies, avoid allergens when possible. Read product labels carefully, and learn what to do in case a reaction occurs. When eating out or having meals prepared, be cautious. Don’t hesitate to ask servers or cooks about the ingredients used in a dish.
Also, consider inquiring about sublingual immunotherapy which can help desensitize you to nut allergens. Contact AllergyEasy to seek an allergist near you who offers sublingual immunotherapy for nut allergies.