Question: Is it OK to touch acorns?

Contact with acorns would pose a low risk of systemic reactions, even in someone with a tree nut allergy. Dr. Douglas Johnston is our Ask the Allergist columnist. Dr.

Can someone with a nut allergy touch acorns?

The proteins that cause allergy in acorns are different to those that produce allergy to tree nuts or peanuts. Our expert medical reviewer tells us: “I have seen vast numbers of children with nut and peanut allergies but none has ever reported reactions to playing with acorns.”

Are acorns considered a tree nut allergy?

Acorns are considered tree nuts as they are from oak trees.

Is coconut a nut?

The word coconut itself can also be confusing because the word “nut” is contained in the word. A nut can be defined as a one- seeded fruit. With that loose definition, a coconut can also be a nut. However, a coconut is not a true nut.

Do squirrels eat the whole acorn?

We answer this squirrely question with help from ScienceDaily. This time of year, a squirrels main diet consists of nuts, seeds and, of course, acorns. Tannin is a bitter-tasting chemical that works to protect the acorn from insects and animals, like squirrels. So rather than eat the red oak acorns, they store them.

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