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Nut Ingredients – List of Tree Nuts and Nut Ingredients


Updated April 16, 2014

Avoiding nuts can be challenging, since they are often hidden ingredients in other foods. To make identifying nuts in food products easier, the Food Allergen Labeling & Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) requires manufacturers to clearly list nut ingredients on product labels. The specific type of nut must be identified on the label. For example:

  • “Contains: nuts (walnuts)”

You may also see one of the following statements on a label:

  • "may contain nuts"
  • "produced on shared equipment with nuts or peanuts"
  • "produced in a facility that also processes nuts"

These warnings are voluntary, so some manufacturers may not include this information. Unless the product states that it is produced in a dedicated nut-free facility, there may be a chance that the product came into contact with nuts during manufacturing.

Nut ingredient list

  • Almonds: Almond milk, butter, paste, oil, liquor, or flavoring
  • Anacardium nuts
  • Artificial nuts
  • Beechnut
  • Brazil nuts
  • Butternut
  • Calisson (a marzipan-like candy made from almonds)
  • Cashews: Cashew butter, paste, oil, liquor, or flavoring
  • Chestnuts
  • Chinquapin
  • Coconut*
  • Filberts
  • Ginkgo nut
  • Gianduja and giandula (chocolate-nut paste)
  • Hazelnuts: Hazelnut milk, butter, paste, oil, liquor, or flavoring
  • Hickory nuts
  • Litchi/lichee/lychee nut
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Mandelonas (peanuts with almond flavoring)
  • Marzipan (almond paste)
  • Nangai nuts
  • Nougat (sugar paste made with nuts)
  • Nut extracts
  • Nut distillates
  • Nut butters (almond, cashew, hazelnut)
  • Nut liquors (see below for list)
  • Nut meal
  • Nut paste
  • Nut pieces
  • Nutella (a chocolate-hazelnut spread)
  • Nutmeat
  • Pecans
  • Pili nut
  • Pine nuts (pignoli, pigñolia, pignon, piñon, or pinyon nuts)
  • Pistachios
  • Queensland nut (macadamia)
  • Shea nut
  • Walnuts
  • Walnut hull extract

Foods that may contain nuts

You don’t always have an ingredient list with a convenient allergy warning on it when you encounter a food. If you are in a restaurant, bakery, ice cream shop, or at someone’s home, it is important to ask about nut ingredients. Some of the foods that may contain hidden nuts are:

  • Baking mixes
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Candy
  • Cereal
  • Cheese spreads
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies and other baked goods
  • Crackers
  • Energy bars
  • Flavored coffees
  • Granola
  • Granola bars
  • Ice cream
  • Maraschino cherries (almond)
  • Mortadella may contain pistachios.
  • Pesto
  • Pie crust
  • Pralines
  • Salads
  • Trail mix
  • Veggie burgers
  • Vegan puddings or creamy soups (often based on pureed cashews)

Nuts in alcohol

Because alcohol is not covered under FALCPA, you should call the manufacturer if you are unsure about the ingredients of a beverage. Ingredients such as "natural flavoring" may include nuts.

These liquors are made from nuts:

  • Amaretto (almond)
  • Charbay Nostalgie (black walnut)
  • Frangelico (hazelnut)
  • Kahana Royale (macademia nut)
  • Nocello (walnut)
  • Gin: Some gins use almonds in processing

Non-food items that may contain nuts

  • Bird seed
  • Beanbags may be stuffed with walnut shells
  • Lotions, soaps, or cosmetics may contain nut oils

Generally safe for people with nut allergies

Always check with your doctor before assuming these foods are safe for you.

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Butternut squash
  • Nutmeg or mace (seed of a tropical plant)
  • Water chestnuts (a tuber)
  • Handling (not eating) acorns or pinecones
  • *Coconut: There is conflicting evidence about whether people with allergies to tree nuts should avoid coconut. While coconut is not a common allergy, there are cases of people with nut allergies also having reactions to coconut. Ask your doctor if you should avoid coconut.


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Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. Tree Nut Free Diet. 2008. Accessed online 10/2/2010 http://www.foodallergy.org/files/media/patient-handouts/Tree%20Nut.pdf

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. Tree Nut Allergies. Accessed online 10/2/2010 http://www.foodallergy.org/page/tree-nut-allergy

Food Allergy Initiative. Tree Nut Allergy. Accessed online 10/2/2010 http://www.faiusa.org/?page=treenuts

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