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This vegetable may sound nutty but actually water chestnuts are nothing like a nut at all. Some people do panic and avoid eating any foods with nut in the title when they have an allergy but you should be able to eat water chestnuts without any problems.

If you do have any kind of reaction bear in mind that anyone can be allergic to anything these days. Seek medical advice if you are at all worried.

But the short a simple answer is no, you should not avoid water chestnuts – they have absolutely nothing to do with nuts apart from sharing the scary name.

wa·ter chest·nut

(Noun)

  • The tuber of a tropical sedge that is widely used in Asian cooking, its white flesh remaining crisp after cooking.
  • The sedge (Eleocharis tuberosa) that yields this tuber, which is cultivated in flooded fields in Southeast Asia.

So they are just the roots of an aquatic plant which grows in Asia and Australia and the only nutty thing about them is that they kind of resemble a chestnut in colour and shape but that’s it.

I couldn’t find any references to water chestnut allergy on the internet and Food Allergy Research & Education list them as most definitely NOT a nut in this informaton about tree nut allergy.

Can you eat water chestnuts? Do you eat them? Or do you avoid them? Or are you in fact allergic to them?

They do make a lovely addition to a stir fry with some bamboo shoots!

  

Ruth

An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website http://whatallergy.com/ and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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