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Living with a nut allergy doesn't mean you can't enjoy the festive season. With careful planning and awareness, you can navigate Christmas safely. Mark Gregory, Director, and no win no fee personal injury solicitor, at MG Legal, walks you through the foods to avoid at Christmas, when you have a nut allergy. 

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Foods to Avoid When Eating Out at Christmas with a Nut Allergy 

Christmas dining out can be a delightful experience, but for those with nut allergies, it requires extra caution. This blog aims to inform individuals with nut allergies about specific foods to be wary of when eating out during the festive season, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience. 

Navigating Christmas Menus with a Nut Allergy 

Eating out during Christmas presents unique challenges for people with nut allergies. Awareness of common dishes that may contain nuts is key to avoiding allergic reactions. 

Appetisers and Starters 

Many appetisers, especially those that are fried or breaded, might be contaminated with nuts due to shared cooking oil or surfaces. Be cautious with dishes like: 

Breaded and Fried Foods 

These might be cooked in oil that's also used for nut-containing dishes. 

Dips and Spreads 

Pesto, hummus, and other spreads may contain or be contaminated with nuts. 

Main Courses 

Nut ingredients in main courses are often less obvious but can be just as dangerous. Watch out for: 

Sauces and Gravies 

Some sauces, especially in Asian cuisine, may contain nuts or nut oils. 

Stuffing and Dressings 

Stuffing – typically contains onion, garlic, herbs, breadcrumbs and egg, but can also include chestnut, cranberry, gingerbread, pomegranate and different kinds of nuts. 

Brussel sprouts 

These are often served with additional ingredients such as nuts, seeds, butter or cheeses 

Desserts and Sweets: A High-Risk Category 

Desserts are particularly risky for nut allergy sufferers, as nuts are a common ingredient in many festive sweets. 
Desserts containing nuts are quite common, and it's always important for those with nut allergies to be vigilant. Here are some examples: 

Nut-Based Pies 

Such as almond tart, or walnut pie. 


A sweet dessert made with layers of filo pastry, filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. 

Certain Cakes and Pastries 

Like almond cake, walnut cake, or desserts with praline (a nut-based topping). 

Cookies and Biscotti 

Many cookies, like peanut butter cookies or almond biscotti, contain nuts. 

Brownies and Blondies 

Some recipes include nuts for added texture. 

Nut Brittles 

Like peanut or almond brittle. 

Chocolate Bars 

Many contain nuts or are made in facilities where cross-contamination with nuts can occur. 

Ice Creams and Gelatos 

Flavours like pistachio, hazelnut, or any ice cream containing nut mix-ins. 

Energy Bars and Granola Bars 

Often contain nuts as a primary ingredient. 

Truffles and Chocolate Pralines 

Many of these confections have nut fillings. 
Always check labels and enquire about ingredients when purchasing or ordering desserts, especially if you have a nut allergy. 

Beverages to Be Cautious Of 

Even drinks can pose a risk during the festive season. Be cautious with: 

Alcoholic Beverages 

Some liqueurs and flavoured spirits may contain nut extracts. 

Specialty Coffees and Hot Chocolates 

These can have nut-based syrups or toppings. 
Several alcoholic drinks can contain nuts, either as a primary ingredient or as a flavouring. People with nut allergies should be cautious with the following: 

Nut-Flavoured Liqueurs 

Examples include Frangelico (hazelnut), Amaretto (almond flavour, though often made from apricot kernels), Nocello (walnut and hazelnut), and Disaronno (almond flavour). 

Certain Beers 

Some craft beers use nuts for flavouring. Beers labelled as having nutty flavours or specific nut types (like pecan ales) should be approached with caution. 

Nut-Infused Spirits 

Some spirits may be infused with nuts, like walnut-infused bourbon or almond-infused vodka. 


Cocktails that include nut-flavoured liqueurs or syrups, like an Amaretto Sour or a cocktail with nut-based orgeat syrup. 

Wines and Ports 

While less common, some fortified wines or dessert wines might have nut flavours either from the aging process or added flavours. 
Always check the label or ask the restaurant, if you're unsure about the contents of an alcoholic beverage, especially if you have a nut allergy. It's also important to be aware of cross-contact risks at bars or when using shared utensils and drinkware. 

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Asking the Right Questions 

When eating out, don't hesitate to ask restaurant staff detailed questions about ingredients and preparation methods. Inform them clearly about your nut allergy. 

Consider Nut-Free Restaurants 

Some restaurants cater specifically to allergy sufferers or are more experienced in handling nut allergies. Researching ahead of time can lead to a safer dining experience. 

MG Legal: Your Ally in Nut Allergy Incidents 

If you face a nut allergy incident due to negligence while eating out this Christmas, MG Legal, your nut allergy compensation specialists, are here to help. They understand the seriousness of such situations and can provide the legal support you need. 

Legal Support for Nut Allergy Reactions in Restaurants 

MG Legal's team is adept at handling cases where individuals have suffered due to mislabelled food or restaurant negligence. They offer no win no fee service, ensuring you get the best legal assistance without financial stress. 

A Safer Christmas Dining Experience with MG Legal 

Enjoy your Christmas dining out with confidence, knowing that MG Legal is there to support you in case of any nut allergy-related incidents. Their expertise in handling such cases ensures that you can focus on the festive joy without the worry. 

MG Legal: Your Partner in Nut Allergy Claims 

In instances where negligence leads to an allergic reaction, MG Legal, specialists in nut allergy compensation claims, are here to help. Their expertise can guide you through the legal process should you face any challenges due to your nut allergy this Christmas. 

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