Peanut Oil - Is it Safe?

The Great Debate

As always, talk to your doctor about this topic before consuming anything I talk about. I’m not a doctor.

Our allergist had originally told us that we did not have to worry about peanut oil. However, we have still avoided it for years now. Also, when you go into restaurants, if they use peanut oil, they will usually turn you away when you tell them that you have an allergy in the family.

Then, this past Thanksgiving, we head over to a family member’s home for dinner and were having a nice meal when another person at the table asked from where the pre-cooked turkey came. They replied that it was from a big fast food chain that inexplicably made the world turn into angry zombies just to get their chicken sandwiches. Seriously, haven’t fried chicken sandwiches been around a while?

That person, who also had a family member with a peanut allergy, got frightened and said that the fast food chain uses peanut oil to fry their turkeys. We all start googling like crazy and found that people seemed to be split over the issue.

With that said, I’m going to reference the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology who say,

Most individuals with peanut allergy can safely eat highly refined peanut oil. This is not the case, however, for cold-pressed, expelled, extruded peanut oils. If you are allergic to peanuts, ask your allergist whether you should avoid peanut oil.

Source: ACAAI Ask an Allergist

They, of course, also say to ask your allergist because - you know - you can’t get a definitive answer on the Internet. With that said, I’ve asked our allergist and we have chosen to not worry about it any longer as long it is the cheapo version of the stuff and not the cold pressed stuff. You know what you should do? Ask your allergist.

Just so you know, everyone at Thanksgiving was fine so we could get back to arguing about politics and the last season of Game of Thrones.