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  • It is reported that 8% of U.S. children have a food allergy, some of them severe enough to be considered life threatening. Approximately 125 people die in the U.S. every year from food allergies. Peanut allergy is the most common cause of death from food allergies. There are even kids with multiple food allergies. One of the kids I met through the peanut allergy study I am in, is severely allergic to more than 5 different foods!

    Approximately 90% of all food allergy reactions can be attributed to the following foods: eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat. Since 2006, food makers have been required to clearly state on food labels (after or adjacent to the list of ingredients) whether their products contain these eight most common food allergens. But you can not rely on food labels alone. Did you know that "arachis" is an alternative term for peanut or that many restaurants add peanut butter to their sauces or chili as a thickening agent?

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January 12, 2008



Just be careful... I was diagnosed as pa in 1998. I continued to eat chick fil a... It was october of 99 when I had my first reaction to cfa...

Now they have switched to canola oil for their fries... But still using peanut oil for everything else...


Thank you for this post! I have avoided eating anything but grilled chicken and other non-fried and side items from Chik-Fil-A because I was worried I'd have a reaction.


Peanut oil at high temp is NOT safe for all allergic people!! Do not attempt this if your child is severly allergic. My child went anaphylactic from french fries in peanut oil!!!

james bristol

My Total IGE was tested twice in the last 2 months (9600 and over 8000 last week). Yes that's not a typo.

#1 on the list was Peanuts (which I have an anaphylatic response to -- 2 near death experiences). However,for years have ate at Chick Fil A NOT seeing the "peanut oil" sign. This is perplexing because the 2 near death experiences I had were both ordering grilled chicken at other restaurants where the chef was called out as 911 was called and the chef said the chicken was cooked in peanut oil. No idea why one is so bad while the other isn't.

At 35 yrs old, I'm now being told no wheat,no corn, no eggs,no milk, no soy and other things.

Maybe this explains the allergies, asthma, arthritis and stomach pains the last several years.

Meantime, running out of food ideas and losing all the weight i tried so hard to gain the last 5 yrs.

I will have to see a dietician soon. Thanks for this site!


My son is 4 years old and had a bad reaction to the chicken nuggets at Chick Fil A last week. His IGE is 761 and he is highly allergic to peanuts, although not airborne. I would watch out as some people still do react as we found out the hard way.

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