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Ask the allergist – October 2022

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Dr. Julia Upton
Dr. Julia Upton

Ask the allergist is an everyday function in our newsletters the place Canadian allergists reply your questions!

Dr. Julia Upton is on workers on the Hospital for Sick Kids within the Immunology and Allergy Division; and an Affiliate Professor within the Division of Paediatrics on the College of Toronto. She is the previous Part Chair of the Anaphylaxis and Meals Allergy Part of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Medical Immunology. Dr. Upton can be a member of our Healthcare Advisory Board.

Please notice: Dr. Upton is answering as a person allergist and her solutions don’t represent an official place of her affiliated organizations. Her responses are for informational functions solely and don’t represent particular medical recommendation, suggestions, prognosis, or therapy. Please speak to your physician about any issues or questions you could have concerning your personal well being or the well being of your little one.

This month she solutions a query about coconut allergy.


Q. If somebody has a coconut allergy, do they should keep away from coconut in all its varieties (e.g. coconut oil, coconut water, coconut milk, coconut meat)?

Coconut milk with halves of coconuts over brown background.

Allergy to coconut is uncommon and there are only some instances of individuals with coconut allergy reported within the literature. Due to this fact, seeing an allergist for prognosis is really helpful. If a uncommon discovering of coconut allergy is confirmed, the query is whether or not you have to keep away from all varieties. It’s the protein which usually causes meals allergic reactions; we all know that totally different types of meals can include very totally different quantities of meals protein. Oils have the least protein and a few extremely processed oils include so little protein that they’re protected to ingest. Coconut oil is usually minimally processed, cold-pressed and never extremely refined, so it might include sufficient protein to trigger an allergic response. In case you are really coconut allergic, and if this meals is essential to your weight loss program it could be an choice to strive coconut oil underneath the supervision of your allergist.

Understand that for the needs of allergen labelling, coconut just isn’t thought of a tree nut in Canada, it’s the seed of a fruit.


Do you’ve got a meals allergy-related query you’d prefer to ask an allergist within the months to come back? If that’s the case, ship it alongside to us at information@foodallergycanada.ca. Please notice: The allergists on this collection reply questions on normal matters, please speak to your physician you probably have questions on your personal well being or the well being of your little one.


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