Coconut is the fruit of the palm tree. People who have tree nut allergies do not usually react to to coconut – – they are different plants. Health Canada states that coconut and nutmeg are not usually restricted in the diet of people who are allergic to tree nuts (see:?http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/pubs/securit/2012-allergen_treenuts-noix/index-eng.php)
In general, coconut allergies are relatively rare compared to tree nut allergies which are among the 9 most common food allergies.
Remember that these substitutions won’t work well with all recipes, though!
Experiment in small batches in order to save money and prevent food-waste.
From the Winter issue of Ecoparent Magazine 2012 (www.ecoparent.ca) available in hard copy at Chapters/Indigo, Nature?s Fare Markets, Whole Foods, and other independent newsstands and baby stores. Dr. Heidi is a regular food and health contributor to Ecoparent.