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Tree Nuts

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), tree nut allergies affect 1.2 percent of the population. These nuts include everything from almonds to cashews and pecans to macadamias, and if you’re allergic to one of them, you’re most likely allergic to a few of them. Tree nuts and tree nut oils, which should be avoided as well, pop up in unexpected places like barbecue sauces, salad dressings, and even pie crusts. Allergies to these nuts can also cause anaphylaxis.

Substitutes: Since there are numerous possibilities for exposure and cross-contamination to tree nuts, it may be best to avoid anything bearing the warning "may contain tree nuts." While many flavorful nuts are off limits, pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds are safe and often substituted in cooking.

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