Is a Coconut a Tree Nut?


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Whether or not coconut is considered a tree nut depends on whom is asked, since the United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA) lists coconut as a tree nut, while the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) states that coconut is a fruit and, therefore, not a nut. This information is important because many people are allergic to tree nuts, with excessive exposure being potentially fatal.

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While documentation shows that certain allergic reactions to coconut do occur, most people who have tree nut allergies can safely enjoy coconut without suffering an allergic reaction, according to the ACAAI. People concerned about tree nut allergies should consult their physician before consuming coconut or coconut-related products.

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