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Are Peanuts the Only “Bad Boy” Legume?

Are Peanuts the Only “Bad Boy” Legume?

While peanut allergies are the most prevalent of food allergies, there are other legumes to which some children may have an allergic reaction.

Peanuts are often thought of as a nut such as cashews, walnuts, pistachios and other tree nuts, but peanuts are legumes. They grow underground and are a member of a different plant family that includes beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils and soy beans. If you are allergic to peanuts, you do not necessarily have a greater chance of being allergic to another legume (including soy) than you would to any other food.

Proteins associated with legume allergy belong predominantly to the family of seed storage proteins (albumins, globulins, prolamins). They are often found in high abundance and retain their allergenic properties even after heating

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