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Can You Eat Seeds if You're Allergic to Tree Nuts?


Victoria Groce

Medically reviewed by 

Jurairat J. Molina, MD 

on September 03, 2021

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Verywell / Zorica Lakonic

Can you eat seeds when you're following a tree nut-free diet? It's a common question and leaves many people with nut allergies wondering if they can enjoy sunflower, poppy, pumpkin, and sesame seeds.


The simple answer is that you may be able to eat these seeds because none of them are tree nuts. Each comes from plant families that are not closely related to nut-producing trees. Therefore, they don't necessarily contain the same allergenic proteins that tree nuts have.

In fact, some of these seeds are commonly used in cooking as substitutes for tree nuts and peanuts for people following a nut-free diet. They actually provide significant nutritional value and are somewhat similar in taste.

With that said, true seed allergies are on the rise and they can cause serious reactions, including anaphylaxis. Even though these seeds are not related to tree nuts, it's still possible for you to be allergic to the seeds themselves.

Your allergist is the best source for advice on whether seeds are an appropriate part of your diet, especially if you have other food allergies.

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