Is ‘chestnut’ a ‘nut’?

One of the most interesting things I have learnt in my food allergy journey is that a‘food allergist is a doctor and not a nutritionist/food scientist/chef’! If we have questions related to specific foods (apart from common foods) and their potential to cause an allergic reaction our best bet is to:

  1. If you have access to FAAN (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network), call them at (800) 929-4040. They have information on an amazing variety of foods.
  2. Talk to a nutritionist/ dietician.
  3. Research on your own – books, online sources, libraries etc.

However, there are quite a few items on which one hits a road block.  My son’s allergist is aware that I blog about food allergies and we often exchange notes on lesser known foods. Recently he asked me an interesting question to which neither of us had an immediate answer – ‘Is chestnut a nut?’; a question raised by one of his other patients.  An sensible question from someone who is allergic to nuts and therein began my quest.

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