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Our Are Pine Nuts Considered Tree Nuts?

The question of whether pine nuts are tree nuts or seeds may seem inconsequential to some. People with nut allergies, however, are going to want a definitive answer. Additionally, do they come from a pine tree? That may seem like a silly question, but is it really?

Why would someone even want to eat pine nuts? Do they have any nutritional value? We’re going to take a closer look at pine nuts here.

First, let's answer the burning question, "Is pine nut a tree nut or a seed?"

Pine Nuts – Seeds or Nuts?

Certain species of pine trees produce edible seeds which are called pine nuts. They can be used in cookies, pesto sauce, and a variety of other foods. Tree nuts such as pistachio, cashew, hazelnut, and walnut – as well as peanuts – belong to the flowering plant group, angiosperms. But, evolutionarily separated from them, pine nuts are actually gymnosperms.

The amount of information regarding the potential cross-reactivity between other types of nuts and pine nuts is relatively small. (When, in different allergens, the immune system sees similar protein structures, cross-reactivity happens.) Two studies have shown two different things:

  • Cross creativity of pine nuts with almonds
  • Cross creativity of pine nuts with peanuts

Pine Nuts and Allergies

Do those with an allergy to nuts have to worry? If pine nuts are tree nuts, one would think there's a potential problem.

Pine nuts have triggered an anaphylactic reaction in some people with nut allergies, according to reports. Then again, some people who aren't allergic to peanuts or other nuts have had an allergic reaction to pine nuts.

Overall, the vast majority of people who are allergic to pine nuts do not have an allergy to nuts in general, according to the Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology.

So, if you're allergic to nuts in general, should you be avoiding pine nuts? Technically, it's a clinical judgment. If you absolutely, positively feel like you need to consume pine nuts – but you have established the fact that you have a peanut allergy or general nut allergy – you are advised to get a board-certified allergist’s evaluation.

Benefits of Pine Nuts

The following benefits may be experienced by eating pine nuts:

  • Better brain health courtesy of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Better diabetic management thanks to more stable blood sugar levels (courtesy of protein, fiber, magnesium, and fats).
  • Increased heart health and a lower cardiovascular disease risk courtesy of antioxidants.
  • You may be able to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol thanks to the unsaturated fats in pine nuts.
  • Magnesium, iron, and protein help increase energy levels.
  • Have healthier skin thanks to vitamin E’s antioxidant power.
  • You may be able to reduce heart disease and diabetes risks by regularly eating pine nuts.

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