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Our allergist told us not to trust peanut oil, as some people say they are safe, but DO NOT TRUST THEM he said, they are not equal

Immunocap says he is allergic/sensitive to just about every food he was tested for, but he has always eated the same stuff with no reactions at all...RAST has not picked up on any of these in the past...he eats lots of nuts..almonds, pecans....but the immunocap says he is sensitive to them?? what is the deal with this test? is it possible to have a false positive? we moved to AZ a couple of years ago, and his outdoor allergies exploded...could this also be the cause of the weird Immunocap tests results?

sorry...posted this in the wrong area

Question of the Week: Answered!

Every week, PeanutAllergy.com is answering one of the questions posted in our community.

Our Answer:

It can be very upsetting as a new allergy parent to realize that many foods have peanuts or peanut byproducts in them. Many restaurant and fast-food chains use peanut oil for frying, so it is important to be attentive to these issues.

The answer to whether someone with a peanut allergy can consume peanut oil is iffy. According to FARE, the FDA exempts highly refined peanut oil from being labeled as an allergen, although the definition of ‘highly refined’ in this context is unclear. Scientific studies show that the majority of people sensitive to peanuts can use peanut oil.

On the other hand, more conservative sources say that a person with peanut allergies should avoid all peanuts and peanut byproducts. If your doctor advised you to stay away from it, that’s probably the best thing to do.

As you might have learned from this experience, peanuts can show up almost anywhere. If you aren’t sure about a certain restaurant or fast-food chain, we suggest calling ahead and asking about their use of peanuts and/or peanut oil. Many places will make accommodations to ensure the safety of someone with a food allergy.

Another member of our community posted a question very similar to yours, which you can see here. Someone else asked a question about restaurants that accommodate peanut allergies, and you can check that post out here.

Additionally, we asked our Facebook fans for their input, and you can read their responses here.

I am 41 and have been eating Chick Fil Al my entire life. I started having mild allergic reactions when I age there in Oct 2013. I thought it was to the sauce because it is made with soy. I cut the sauce out and had no reaction until Jan 2014 when I had really severe reaction that landed me in the emergency room. No more Chick Fil A for me. 🙁 and btw, they do not accept any accountability for their marketing of refined peanut oil. When contacted their comment to me by multiple parties was that I have the responsibility to be more careful. Anyway, beware of Chick Fil A!! Linda James

My 9 year old son is severely allergic to peanuts and had mild reactions to Chick fil a when he was 3.(Hands turned red and puffy eating nuggets) We tried again a few years later and he now can eat chick fil a daily with no problem. The cooking process does generally remove the allergens. Its a case by case basis so there are no absolutes with refined peanut oil. Its up to you if you want to try it.

Hi jendesanto! Upon her diagnosis, my daughters allergy specialist said that most of the peanut oils used in the U.S. are processed such that the proteins are no longer present in the oil. She did not caution us against consuming it.

However, we no longer consume oil in my household because it is the most calorie-packed food on the planet, damaging to the endothelial lining, and completely unnecessary in obtaining essential fatty acids. I would just skip the oil-containing foods at Chick-fil-A altogether.

All my best to you and your family.

Our son has peanut allergy and has eaten at chick-fil-a and never had a reaction. Our allergist said it was the only place to trust with peanut oil. I like that they clearly state their use of peanut oil everywhere, packaging, drive thru window, etc. It allows us as parents to know and make our own choices What scared me was that my son was given the chik-fil-a at his school without notifying parents ahead of time.

Ive eaten foods safely with peanut oil but I always do my due diligence about the specific product to make sure the specific peanut oil used is safe. This is what FARE says about peanut oil and I follow their guidelines in order to stay safe: "The FDA exempts highly refined peanut oil from being labeled as an allergen. Studies show that most individuals with peanut allergy can safely eat peanut oil (but not cold-pressed, expelled or extruded peanut oil – sometimes represented as gourmet oils)." The key is that its safe other than cold-pressed, expelled, or extruded peanut oil. Also, it may be good to talk to your allergist about this just to ensure that you stay safe.

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