So, the peanut and nut allergy may not extend to almonds, blood tests show very low percentages for both almonds and coconut. I can eat coconut no problem, I love the stuff! Praise be for Coconut milk and Thai curries.
But I’ve always avoided almonds under the blanket “You’re allergic to all nuts!” banner from the doctor.
Accidental almond consumption
I know I have eaten almonds by mistake a few times. Once in a cereal bar which changed its recipe, I was nibbling a Seeds of Change bar when my Mum wrenched it out of my hand in horror as she read the ingredients list idly while sitting at the table – it’s something an allergy Mum does without thinking. Even though I am quite grown up now she still reads ingredients’ labels when we are together – clearly she still needs to because I hadn’t noticed!
This bar had a NEW flash on the side, new recipe, lovely but now they included nibbed almonds. It just goes to prove you should ALWAYS read labels, even on your favourite safe products; recipes can and do change, often. But I was fine. I then showed her the box, which now contained only three of the six in the original package – clearly these almonds didn’t seem to be doing me any harm. So why had I been avoiding them all these years?
I ate some more almond recently in a cake sample that was sent to me labeled no nuts, dairy, gluten etc. I should have checked, but assumed it would allergen free. The cake didn’t cause me any adverse reaction and I only noticed the ‘almonds’ in the ingredient’s list AFTER finishing a slice. So are almonds nuts?
What are almonds?
The almond of prunus dulcis to give it its latin name is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. The almond has corrugated shell (endocarp) surrounding the seed of the tree and the actual almond fruit is called a drupe.
Almond has an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed inside and it’s not classified as a true nut.
Introducing almond milk
This was a little scary but I bought some almond milk and began by Rubbing some almond milk on my hand, wrist and arm – there was no reaction. I then rubbed some all over my lips – no reaction. I did however notice a slight rash on my neck after doing this last test so I chickened out of actually drinking the milk. But it certainly wasn’t conclusive. More tests to follow but I might just nip to my local A&E and conduct experiments there just in case.
Next test, drink some…
Almonds may cause allergy or intolerance and can cross-react with peach allergies and tree nut allergies. Symptoms range from local symptoms (e.g., oral allergy syndrome, contact urticaria) to systemic symptoms including anaphylaxis (e.g., urticaria, angioedema, gastrointestinal and respiratory symptoms).
Are you allergic to almond? Just almond or other nuts too? Has anyone else avoided almonds for years only to discover they can eat them?
And what are the chances of cross contamination with other nuts due to storage and processing together in the same factories or warehouses?