In recent years, there has been a lot about nut allergies in the press. You have likely heard some now ban peanuts and peanut butter on the property to avoid triggering allergic reactions in students. Why are they singling out this one nut? In fact, peanut allergies and tree nut allergies are slightly different; not everyone who is allergic to peanuts is allergic to tree nuts, and vice versa.
1. Are Peanuts the Same as Tree Nuts?
Peanuts aren’t the same as tree nuts. Peanuts are legumes, which come from the same family as peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas, and soybeans. Because peanuts are a whole different species than tree nuts like almonds and cashews, some people are allergic to peanuts and not other, “real” nuts. Others are allergic to both. Because peanuts are so prevalent in the American diet, people with this allergy often have difficulty finding prepared foods uncontaminated by peanuts.