Coconut is not official member to the ‘nut’ family, but it is mandated by the FDA to labeled as a ‘tree nut’. This has been a source of some controversy in the food allergy world. Coconut allergies are very rare, with less than 10 medically documented cases. Of greater concern is the production facilities and manufacturing processes that are involved in the production of flaked coconut. The plants that process nuts also often process coconut, which results in cross contimination of the products. Label reading is the your best defense to protect yourself against any adverse reaction. I would recommend that you consult your allergist before attempting to consume coconut.