On Chick fil A's website it states that it uses peanut oil but that peanut in oil form is not considered an allergenic. Is this true? I was under the impression that my son with a peanut allergy could not have foods fried in peanut oil.
An allergic reaction comes from eating the peanut protein. So technically, one would not be allergic to peanut oil. However, there is a chance that the oil could not be 100% pure and could contain small traces of the peanut protein. Chick fil a is claiming that their oil is pure and does not contain any peanut protein. My 2 year old son has a severe peanut allergy & I do not let him eat at chick fil a or have peanut oil. I received this info from my son's allergist & researched online to clarify. Hope it helps answer your question!
My daughter is highly allergic to peanut (has had one anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter) and our allergist advised us that its safe to eat at chik fil a. We do so regularly and she has never had a reaction. The dr explained to us that they use highly refined (heat pressed) peanut oil which is safe because the refining process used in making the oil destroys the substance which allergic people react to. It is only cold pressed peanut oil (which is usually found in gourmet oils) that will cause a reaction and need to be avoided. That being said, i would highly recommend calling your allergist regarding any questions you have about what is safe for your son to consume and what is not. Also - always, always carry 2 epi-pens for your child. Never be without them - its not worth the risk.
I would not risk it. My son was diagnosed with severe peanut allergy (reacts even to foods processed on the same equipment) and at the same time he was diagnosed (april, 2013) a news article came out about a 19 year old who died from eating a cookie with peanut oil in it. It is supposed to be "safe" but it is obviously a risk. :(
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