Nuts are an excellent way to get vitamins such as folic acid, niacin, vitamins E and B6, as well as minerals like copper, magnesium, selenium, zinc, phosphorus, and potassium. Americans are encouraged by experts to eat a variety of foods every day to get all of our needed nutrients. Nuts fall into a food group which consists of; meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and of course, nuts. Two to three foods from this group may be eaten per day.
Nuts as a whole are very nutritious, and as already mentioned, provide us with many of the essential vitamins and minerals. However, having said all that, you should remember that they’re also high in carbohydrate and oils, and should not be eaten in excess of the recommended guidelines.
Peanut and Nut Allergies
Of course its a bit of a bind if you like nuts and find that you have an allergic reaction to them, especially if your allergy to them is always severe. A severe reaction to nuts is called anaphylaxis and can be life-threatening. Tree nut allergies occur mainly, but not exclusively, in children.
Although we tend to class them as nuts, peanuts are actually legumes and not true nuts. They do however still cause allergic reactions due to the proteins being very similar to that of true nuts.
If you do suffer from nut allergy symptoms they may show themselves within one hour. However, it is possible for the reaction to start within minutes of coming into contact with nuts. If this were to happen then it would become an emergency situation which would require immediate attention and treatment with epinephrine/adrenaline injection.
Below are a few of the milder symptoms that you might experience during an allergic reaction to nuts:
- Your mouth and lips might start to tingle
- You may feel sick or nauseous
- You might develop a rash
- Your face may start to swell
- You may feel a tightness around your throat
- You may experience pains in your stomach similar to having colic
For me to give extensive information on nut allergies would be rather foolish as I’m not a doctor and only have basic knowledge of what this allergy is capable of. If you do suffer from this complaint and you are looking for guidelines, then the following website may be just what you are looking for: www.patient.co.uk (I am not too sure if the UK medical information on nut allergy is the same in the USA. or other countries, so please be aware that the link goes to a UK website.) Having said that I suppose people are people the world over and that goes for allergies also.