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By LISA_V on Tue, 07-06-99, 04:27

To our astonishment we recently found out that Chick-Fil-A uses peanut oil in deep frying their breaded chicken and chicken nuggets. Our son who is extremely allergic has eaten the chicken nuggets with no reaction. We verified it tonight when we went to the mall and asked the manager about the use of peanut oil. I am amazed that this has not been tragic. My guess is that the protein that is the allergin is not present in the peanut oil that they use. Does anyone know anything about this?

Thank you.

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By MaryLynn on Tue, 07-06-99, 10:33

My allergist told me that typically peanut oil should be safe for most peanut allergic individuals as long as it was "heat pressed" which removes the proteins during extraction. Cold pressed peanut oil does not remove the proteins and is not safe.

Unfortunately, my daughter seems to be among the few who are allergic to both types.

Enjoy your Chick-Fil-A.

Stay safe, MaryLynn

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By Jess on Fri, 09-03-99, 20:30

I love Chik-fil-A and I eat there all the time. For some weird reason, the fries are not cooked in peanut oil but the chicken is. If you get fries and a grilled chicken sandwich (which is also less fattening than the fried!) you will be safe. [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By Samsmom on Sun, 09-05-99, 19:20

We have known about the Chik-Fil-A use of peanut oil for a while and believe it is the heat-pressing that makes the difference. Many asian restaurants use cold-pressed peanut oil which PA individuals would likely react to. We choose not to eat at Chik-Fil-A or Frank-n-Stein, which also uses peanut oil, with our PA son. It is just for our own piece of mind. Be safe.

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By julieanne_foster on Fri, 09-10-99, 04:17

I am a 27 yr. old adult who carried the legume allergy into adulthood. How old is you child? The proteins to which one has allergens are usually cooked out by the time the oil is made. You need to monitor your child's diet. Chic-Fil-A is actually one of the few restaurants that posts the fact that they use 100% peanut oil in most of their cooking. They have done this since at least 1990. Trust me.

You should be very careful. Most children with legume allergies outgrow it by ages 10-12. The ones that do not will carry it into adulthood, and there is no escaping it at that point. It is not a great travesty, but being overly cautious, if not at least semi-cautious, could save your child's life.

I was diagnosed with it in 1972, when it was unheard of, and even the top allergists laughed at the prospect. Thankfully, my mother educated herself on the allergy and how detailed it could be.

I would suggest you do the same. If your child is not reacting to the oil at this age, he could still be building an intolerance to it which could make the allergy permanent.

Take your child to a reknowned specialist, NOW.

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By dhumphries on Sat, 09-11-99, 19:30

HI Julieanne,

I just wanted to comment that most of us are educated to believe that peanut allergy is one which most will NOT outgrow. I was just wondering where you got your info that most p.a. allergic kids will out grow the allergy.

Stay Safe, Debbie

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