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Food allergies and intolerances - peanuts, nuts or fish

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Here are some guidelines to plan a diet free of peanuts, nuts or fish...

Avoiding peanuts

The peanut allergy can be life-threatening and some people can show severe facial swelling and restricted breathing after even the slightest exposure to peanuts.

Check the ingredients lists on the labels of the following foods, as they may contain peanuts:

  • baked goods
  • snack bars
  • some cereals and mueslis
  • Chinese, Thai and Indonesian dishes

Avoiding tree nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, pine nuts, cashew nuts, sweet chestnuts, pecan nuts, pistachios and walnuts)

Tree nuts often present a hidden danger because their versatility has led to them being widespread in food production. With a tree nut allergy it is wise to avoid all tree nuts, unless certain nuts have been accurately identified as the only potential allergens.

Check the following for the likely presence of tree nuts:

Meat dishes

  • Desserts
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Breads and cakes
  • Sweets and chocolate products 

 Avoiding fish and shellfish

Both types of shellfish - crustaceans (crayfish, langoustine, shrimps, prawns, crabs) and molluscs (oysters and mussels) - as well as other species of fish are known to be common allergens. These allergies can also be of life-threatening severity.

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