Nut Intolerance Symptoms

What is Nut Intolerance?

If you have an intolerance (defined by YorkTest as a food-specific IgG reaction) to nuts, your body produces an inflammatory response to one or more of the particular nut proteins.
It is important to understand that a nut Intolerance is very different to nut allergy.

If you have an allergy to nuts, you may feel unwell immediately after consuming them, experiencing a serious reaction which often requires instant medical attention.

If you have nut intolerance, the reaction you may experience would be delayed and less severe.

Where to look:

There are many products which contain nuts, either as flavouring or as toppings. Being aware of these is important when making changes to optimise your diet and avoid your trigger foods. A test is needed to determine which particular nuts might specifically be causing you a problem. The following list includes ingredients which may need to be avoided if you have nut intolerance:

  • Legumes (peanuts)
  • Beans, peas, alfalfa, lentils and soybeans
  • Drupes (almonds and walnuts)
  • Tree nuts (pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans, pinenuts, chestnuts, brazil nuts, cashews and macadamia)
  • Coconut
  • Nut oils

Replacements for a balanced diet

Nuts provide your diet with good fats, as well as being a source of zinc, calcium and protein. If you have nut intolerance, you can supplement your diet with a variety of alternatives including:

• Olives
• Sunflower seeds
• Pumpkin seeds
• Avocado

If you have found out that you are intolerant to nuts, changing your diet need not be daunting. YorkTest Nutritional Therapists are here to help you understand how to optimise your food choices.

Information provided above regarding Food Intolerance (defined by YorkTest as a food specific IgG reaction) is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. YorkTest recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a GP before undertaking a YorkTest programme.