Allergy to nut flour but not nuts?

Answered on May 18, 2014
Created May 17, 2014 at 2:50 AM

I may have just discovered I have a nut allergy but I believe I only get symptoms when I eat nut flour. I haven't made "baked goods" in a while. For Mother's Day my husband made me cupcakes with almond flour. I began getting weird leg twitches and spasms. A couple of days later, same thing (I had a cupcake for lunch) but this time more severe spasms. I thought I needed more magnesium so I started playing around with suppliments to no avail. Today I didn't eat anything with nuts and I began feeling better. Tonight I made cookies using chestnut flour. Within 30 minutes I noticed the skin on my hands dry up, turn red and blotchy, weird headache coming on, and more muscle twiches and spasms through my legs, chest, etc. I can't figure out what it could be. Both recipes use honey and coconut oil which might be the issue instead. I thought I was fine when eating raw nuts. I'll test it out on myself over the next few days. But has anyone heard of that happening?

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on May 18, 2014
at 11:31 AM

I think it's more likely that it's something in the recipes (when you cook with the flour) rather than then flour itself (assuming it's 100% pure nut flour). What else do you put it the recipe besides honey and coconut oil? You didn't mention eggs, but they are a common cause of problem, even if you ate eggs for a while and they were ok, it's possible that they began giving you some reaction. You need to try to remove elements from your diet and reintroduce them one by one to check which may be causing you the reaction..



on May 17, 2014
at 09:48 PM

You've got a case of correlation, not causation! It's a very common condition where you blame whatever you think is wrong on the last new thing you've done. :)



on May 17, 2014
at 09:31 PM

i wouldn't call this an allergy since you don't have problems breathing or swelling of your lips, tongue, throat. probably just a slight sensitivity. nut flours are much more condensed that just a handful of nuts so you might just be eating more than your body likes.



on May 17, 2014
at 07:35 AM

Chestnut flour may also not be 100% chestnut flour like most extra virgin olive oils aren't 100% extra virgin olive oils.

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