Wait, Are Coconuts a Nut?

Paleo On The Go

Posted on September 22 2021

Well, the answer is a bit complex. Sure, “coconut” contains the word “nut.” You’d think the answer would end there. Even the FDA considers coconuts a tree nut. But according to The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, “Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut.” In fact, there are currently campaigns to get coconuts removed from the top allergen lists!

Coconuts - AIP Diet

Does the AIP generally allow coconut?

This is why it can be so confusing. The AIP diet specifically excludes nuts, but often incorporates coconut. Coconut is not excluded from the diet, because it’s not a nut! In fact, we believe that coconut is one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

Why is coconut so common in the AIP diet?

Just spend a few minutes searching for AIP recipes and you’ll see coconut in almost every form! Not only is coconut incredibly versatile but it’s also very healthy. You’ll find everything from coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut cream, and coconut oil in the real food, paleo world. It’s packed with minerals such as manganese, and it’s full of healthy fats.

Not only is coconut allowed in the AIP diet, it can become one of the most important ingredients you use!

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