Nut Intolerance

Nut Intolerance Information

A nut intolerance is the inability for your body to properly digest, process or metabolize nuts. A nut intolerance is NOT THE SAME AS A NUT ALLERGY. Nut intolerance symptoms are often delayed and are not life-threatening. They are instead lifestyle-threatening symptoms that include discomfort, bloating, gas and other issues.

What is a Nut Intolerance?

A nut intolerance can be caused by a number of different nuts including hazelnuts and chestnuts as well as other fruits and seeds that are not technically nuts. These include walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews and peanuts. These are all considered edible nuts, despite not actually being true nuts. Some people are intolerant to only some types of nuts (such as tree nuts) while others are intolerant to one particular nut. Another group still is unable to eat any nuts at all without experiencing nut intolerance symptoms.

Symptoms of Nut Intolerance

Nut intolerance symptoms vary by person. Common nut intolerance symptoms include bloating, gas, stomach pain, diarrhea, cramping and a number of different issues. These symptoms are often delayed by several hours or, in some cases, even days. A person with an intolerance may have difficulty properly diagnosing the issue due to the delay between eating the food and experiencing the symptoms.

Nut Intolerance Treatment

Many people who have a nut intolerance avoiding eating all nuts, whether they have a tree nut intolerance, an intolerance to a specific nut or a general nut intolerance. While some people are able to eat a small amount of the offending food before experiencing any symptoms, other people cannot have any nuts at all. For this reason, it is important to thoroughly read ingredient labels on all foods. Most nuts are labelled very clearly due to nut allergies. While an intolerance is different from a nut allergy, this clear labelling remains useful.

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