Friday, May 06, 2005

Now here's a thought

If peanuts are legumes and very definitely not nuts, why are all the foodstuffs that are labelled with 'danger, may contain nuts' not labelled, 'danger, may contain legumes'?

Also, if someone is allergic to peanuts, which are legumes, why are they not allergic to peas and beans (or are they), and hence why do tins of Baked Beans come with health warnings?

If someone is allergic to peanuts (which, remember, aren't actually nuts, but grow in pods, just like peas) are they also allergic to nuts? If not, why am I constantly bombarded with warning notices telling me my food may contain traces of nuts when in fact it's legumes which are dangerous to some people?

If anybody can tell me, please leave a comment

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