"Spry" newspaper magazine aritlce October 2010 w/contacts

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/2010 - 3:27am
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"Spry" magazine is a newspaper insert publication from

Publishing Group of America
341 Cool Springs Blvd. Suite 400
Franklin, TN 37067
1-800-720-6323

In the "Ocotber 2010" issue page 9 there is an article by three dieticians from "teaspoon Communications",

See the article here
http://www.spryliving.com/#num=content-340&id=album-27

The authors were

Donna Segave-Daly, RD,
Bonnie johnson, RD,
Serena Ball, RD.

Two of the authors have positions with the National Peanut Board, a marketing organization for peanuts and are profiled here.

http://nationalpeanutboard.org/nutrition_experts.php

Teaspoon Communications produces diet and culinary information for publications, videos, tweets, etc. according to the authors linkedin profiles.

The authors' statement under Peanut oil says "Slightly higher in saturated fat than canola and olive oils, refined peanut oil adds a mild nutty flavor to fried foods and is safe for people with peanut allergies."

Their is no mention of how deadly cold pressed peanut oil is to PA individuals, no discussion of what is a "refined" oil, etc.

I don't like this for a number of reasons.

1) The authors are not disclosing their affiliations.
2) The statement is misleading as there is more than one kind of peanut oil.
3) No explanation is offered on the difference between refined and cold-pressed.
4) Peanut oil is a risk best avoided by a PA individual regardless of the type. "Nutty flavor" not a good reason to take the risk.

The Spry living website offers some message boards and discussion sites, but there is no thread for this article (yet).

There is bigger misinformation on peanut allergy out there, but this article was inserted in millions of newspapers and I think it isn't fully accurate.

Follow up-
This morning 10/15/10 a representative from Spry magazine contacted me. She was cordial and polite.

Among other things-

I noted that allergies were not discussed for any of the other oils, yet a sesame allergy is also common. The articles' emphasis is on fat type, use and taste, except fot this one passing reference. Why even put this in?

I emphasized the general publics lack of awareness on refined oils vs. cold pressed oils. These oils are found often in the same area of a grocery aisle, yet one is very deadly (cold-pressed) and the other considered safe by some authorities (refined). But both are labeled "Peanut Oil". I have yet to see a cooking oil of any type prominently labeled as "refined", though most are produced that way.

Also, if the authors are to discuss peanut products, they ought to disclose affiliation with the peanut board.

I suggested she contact an expert such as Dr. Sampson who is a specialist on peanut allergies. Her sources were "ok", but I think the whole story was not told to her. A mistake confusing the types of oils could be deadly to someone.

Spry said they should have qualified the statement with a "contact your doctor" caveat. Ok for allergic people who are under the care of a doctor, but the general public should not be given only partial information which could be mininterpeted on peanut oil and allergies.

I hope someone else will also call Spry. If even a few others call, I think they may be more careful about what they publish about food allergies.

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/2010 - 11:01am
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It's kind of scary that they are trying to say peanut oil is safe. There's no way of knowing that someone with a peanut allergy won't have a reaction to peanut oil. What if it isn't refined to the point that there isn't any of the protein left. I wouldn't take the chance with my child.

Posted on: Sat, 10/16/2010 - 8:19am
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It is kind of scary; it's horrifying. When you're someone with the allergy, it's absolutely horrific. And now people are saying that some of it might be okay? They are just throwing out false hope and that's the most scary part about it. Zeena2, thank-you for not taking a chance with your child. I know my mom wouldn't. This reminds me of the desensitization "cure". Kids died in that process and they are still recommending it. Now I'm not trying to say that I'm not looking forward to cures for PA because, well, we really need one, but the risk is too big when there is such a big chance that the oil won't be as refined as someone thinks it is.

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