Sesame oil if peanut allergic?

Posted on: Thu, 01/01/2004 - 5:46am
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I've heard mixed information about the safety of sesame oil if one is peanut allergic but not sesame allergic. Is there anyone out there with peanut allergy without sesame allergy that has had any +/- experiences with it? What about other asian sauces that do not list peanut on the ingredient label?

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Posted on: Thu, 01/01/2004 - 6:26am
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I would also be interested inhearing the concesus on this. My child is Peanut & Soy allergic but has had sesame oil (in chicken broth w/ ramen noodles, chicken, & vegetables.. yummy!) on quite a few occasions w/ no trouble. I does make me sort of nervous, though...
Anne

Posted on: Thu, 01/01/2004 - 12:47pm
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My son is allergic to peanut and sesame, and I wondered about this for a long time. Finally I read that sesame oil DOES contain the protein and should not be used by anyone with sesame allergy. Some peanut oil is heat processed, (theoretically) removing the protein, but sesame oil is not processed that way. Sesame oil is coldpressed and remains allergenic. I will try to find the link and post it here.

Posted on: Thu, 01/01/2004 - 12:58pm
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MimiM--
sorry, I completely misinterpreted your question. I didn't realize you were talking about sesame oil for people who are ONLY peanut allergic.
The only possible problem I could see is if the manufacturer of the sesame oil also makes peanut oil--possible cross contamination.
Sorry for barging in and answering the wrong question!

Posted on: Fri, 01/02/2004 - 6:56am
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My PA/TNA son has had sesame oil and sesame seeds without any problems. He doesn't have them all too often tho, since I have that nagging worry about the possibility of developing an allergy to sesame. Probably not rational - I don't limit soy after all. I think Cindy had a thread about seeds and nuts that touched on this as well, but I'm not sure exactly under which topic that was posted.

Posted on: Fri, 01/02/2004 - 8:52am
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I would say no sesame oil based on experience about 4 yrs. ago with my PA child.
I think it is a cross contamination issue, but he complained of "burning my tongue" and nausea when exposed to some food containing toasted sesame oil. I don't know whether it was just that bottle, but haven't given it to him since.
I would have zero trust of asian bottled sauces except those actually produced in USA or Canada where you can call the manufacturer. I automatically assume most are cross contaminated either because of cold pressed oil issues or the Thai satay sauce processed or packaged on the same manufacturing lines. You have absolutely no idea about stuff that is just rebottled or distributed in the US from Taiwan and China and I am not sure you could get a reliable answer from a distributor.
My PA child has consumed a lot of raw and toasted sesame seeds on bread products with no complaints or reactions, so we do not otherwise avoid sesame. I have not tried him on Tahini as I was not too sure about cross contamination there either and he was not too interested in it.

Posted on: Fri, 01/02/2004 - 12:49pm
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My DD is PA only. The last time I made hummus, she said it burned her tongue. I couldn't decide if it was the sesame in the tahini, or the chickpeas. She has refused sesame since then, but was negative to it when skin tested 7 months ago. I am a paranoid person, but I consider (for DD) sesame to be like TN in that we avoid it and hope not the be positive for the next test. Our allergist also recommended avoidance the last time I talked to her about it.

Posted on: Fri, 01/02/2004 - 12:53pm
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My DD is PA only. The last time I made hummus, she said it burned her tongue. I couldn't decide if it was the sesame in the tahini, or the chickpeas. She has refused sesame since then, but was negative to it when skin tested 7 months ago. I am a paranoid person, but I consider (for DD) sesame to be like TN in that we avoid it and hope not the be positive for the next test. Our allergist also recommended avoidance the last time I talked to her about it.

Posted on: Fri, 01/02/2004 - 2:34pm
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Is it possible that the raw garlic in the hummus was too much for your daughter?
I'm not discounting a reaction to other ingredients, but I know plenty of folks who find raw garlic burns quite a bit, even in small amounts.
I use sesame oil and toasted sesame oil quite frequently. And I adore tahini. No reactions, obviously, else I wouldn't eat 'em. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
ygg

Posted on: Fri, 01/02/2004 - 3:25pm
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I eat sesame seeds (on bread) and sesame oil (in Japanese food) all the time and have never experienced any problems at all.

Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 3:59am
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Thanks for your answers. Of note, my son who is PA eats sesame seeds and hummus with no problem. I was just wondering about the oils and sauces. I put sesame oil in another category because the issue is that it is imported from Asia. Really the only way I'd feel comfortable using it is if I have heard from a good number of people who are PA but not SA, have tried it themselves (like Erik!)and have not had reactions. So keep the responses coming! Also, does anyone know of some sesame oil that is not imported could you please share the brand? I think if it's made in the USA or Canada it is less likely to be a problem.
Thanks again!

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