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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:34 am 
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Hello there,

My son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy about two weeks ago and we are still processing what that can mean for our lifestyle. I just have a question:

What is the difference between a peanut, a tree nut, a legume, a seed and a grain?

A friend of mine's son is allergic to peanuts and her doctor told her that if he doesn't like green beans, that she shouldn't push it because it is from the same family as the peanut. Does anyone know anything about that?

Thanks!
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A peanut is a legume. The legume family includes peas and beans. Some people are allergic to one thing (like a peanut) while others are allergic to a family (lke legume). I agree with your friend's doctor. If a child with a peanut allergy doesn't like other legumes it is safest not to force him to eat it.

A tree nut -- is a nut that grows on a tree. They are not related to peanuts. However, many people allergic to peanuts are also allergic to one or more tree nuts. Some people avoid them because they tend to be stored and processed together, and they feel there is always a risk of cross contamination.

Seeds are separate -- but again, some people allergic to peanuts are also allergic to seeds. I'm not aware of a known reason, but I've read that it's a high incicdence, especially to sesame or poppy seed.

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Here are some websites thatyou may find useful:
http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/food/s ... _diet.html

http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/misc/n ... utout.html

http://www.foodallergy.org/school/childdescribe.pdf

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