Has anyone who is PA or has kids that are PA been to Chick-fil-a? If so, any reactions? I was just curious because they say heat refined peanut oil does not contain peanut protein, and that is what they cook with.

I think I would be too scared to take my daughter there, I was just wondering if others have been.


On Mar 13, 2006

My PA DD has eaten here, prior to us knowing that they use peanut oil. She did not have a reaction and was fine w/ nuggets and fries. She has also eaten Nutella for YEARS (tested negative to hazelnuts) and they use a heat processed peanut oil. SHe has never had a problem w/ the Nutella brand. However, now I buy a chocolate hazelnut spread that does not use peanut oil. I do this not because of any past reactions, but because I am more educated now and I didn't want future confusion about 'when to avoid peanut oil'. It is just easier to avoid ALL peanut oil, rather then avoid peanut oil unless ' . . .' KWIM?

On Mar 13, 2006

I won't take my son there. I don't care if its hot or cold pressed, but it doesn't work for my comfort zone.

We eat out often, and if we want fried chicken to-go we do KFC.

On Mar 14, 2006

Hi Before we knew my son was PA we ate there very often. We no longer eat inside there but I will go thru the drive-thru and get him the grilled chicken sandwich and the fruit cup. He loves it. He also likes the milkshakes there but I have not checked the ingredients. I used to get him the vanilla because I did not know you were supposed to call on all things, but he has never had a problem. But we do eat it around him without problem.

On Mar 14, 2006

We recently talked to our Allergist about Chick-Fil-A and she assured us it would be fine for our DD who is 4 and is highly allergic to Peanuts (including touch sensitve)and to a lesser extent Tree Nuts. We have now eaten there several times with no problems. She especially likes the fruit cups too.


On Mar 14, 2006

Yes, my PA daughter eats quite frequently at Chick-Fil-A. I had concerns about it at first, but she has never had a problem. And at 18, she's not about to suddenly stop eating there just because mom isn't too thrilled about it.

On Mar 16, 2006

We ate at chick fil a when my som=ne was 20 months and as soon as he ate some chicken nuggets and fries -- only a few bites he proceeded to vomit all over the place -- he had a shocked look on his face and within a few minutes he was fine however he did not want to eat -- can you blame him?!

We did not find out about his allergy until 24 months and when we look back at this incident we realize it is better for us to stay away -- it is just food.

This is just our experience.

On Mar 18, 2006

My DS, when little, refused to go there for about a year, and then when I finally got him to eat some nuggest, he had a rash around his face. Never again.

He's also had a severe (vomiting) reaction to chips fried in regular (not cold pressed) peanut oil.

I don't care what our first doctor said and the information from FAAN says. Regular peanut oil can be dangerous for peanut allergic individuals. Our new doctor recognizes this.

On Mar 18, 2006

Prior to knowing our son was PA he ate there many times. No problems and he loved the food. I haven't gone since diagnosis- just to be safe.

On Mar 28, 2006

i am scared to let my son eat there. he had a reaction in a resturant that fryed in peanut oil, he did not eat anything it was airborne. he ended up in the hospital. kat ds 4 in may pa tn asthma latex celiac red food dye

On Apr 20, 2006

My son eats at chick-fil-a often and has never had any issues at all.

On Apr 20, 2006

In case anyone is interested from Chick-fil-a's website:

Q. Are oils derived from foods that can cause allergy, such as peanut oil, also allergenic?

A. Not usually. Most commercial oils such as peanut oil are highly refined (hot solvent extracted), which removes protein from the product. These types of oil are most commonly used in commercial food preparation. Since it is protein in allergenic foods that causes food allergy, highly refined oils are non-allergenic. Research has shown that individuals with a severe peanut allergy have not had reactions to heat processed oils. However, people with a food allergy should avoid

On Apr 20, 2006

I just have to say that my dd has reacted to trace amounts of peanut oil and I wouldn't take her there. Her reaction was at In & Out and although they don't use peanut oil the Company that packages there oil also packages peanut oil. Which that trace amount cause her to have a severe anaphylactic reaction. Maybe, it works for some people but not for us.

On Apr 21, 2006

My son also reacted to peanut oil used in a spaghetti/pizza sauce. This was at a Greek restaurant many years ago.

What I am confused about is why so many people will allow their kids to eat foods cooked in peanut oil. I don't care if it is 'supposed' to be safe. If we are teaching our kids to stay away from anything peanut then why allow this as an exception?

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On Apr 21, 2006

I react to heat processed peanut oil. I either vomit immediately or suffer with diarrhea for days afterward. At the very least wouldn't peanut oil be manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts??? Somewhere on these boards a few years ago I read the exact statistics for protein found in refined peanut oil - perhaps posted by CorvallisMom. I'll do a search and see if I can find it...


P.S. The owner of several Chic-Fil-A restaurants in our area told me he personally wouldn't risk it.

On Apr 23, 2006

I'd like to read more about this if anyone has any articles...My son's Allergist (Dr. Burks/Duke) told us that their is absolutely NO risk in eating it.

On Apr 23, 2006

Well, I couldn't find the old post I was looking for, but here's basically what I remember from it...

Peanut contains many different proteins. It is possible to be allergic to any of them. The heat process of extracting the oil destroys all but 3(??) of the proteins, so many peanut allergic individuals are not allergic to peanut oil - a few are. I believe the peanut protein Ara h2 is the most common allergy and it is removed during the heat processing.


P.S. I was able to find this while searching online:


The mean protein content of peanut oil is reduced at each stage of the refining process described above. Although the results differed depending on whether the Lowry assay or the Pierce Micro bicinchoninic acid assay was used for protein analysis, there was a consistent downward trend with each analytical procedure. The mean protein content in extracts of oil prepared by two separate procedures and analysed by each assay were 187

On Apr 24, 2006

Thanks so much for posting the info!

On May 2, 2006

My pa son has eaten there several times with no problems. Our allergist said we can eat things fried in peanut oil.