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Chick Fil A Change
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Hello!

I went to Chick fil a today for an iced tea. I noticed a sign on the menu that all the french fries are now fried in canola oil vs the peanut oil. Anybody tried them yet? They still have the fries on the gluten free menu and everything looks the same...just curious.

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We love ChickFilA fries. That is our special treat if we are out and about. We ask them to cook a fresh batch, and to change their gloves and tell them we have a gluten "allergy". (I know! I know! Its not an allergy) but we enjoy their fries. And we get their ice cream in a cup and dip our fries in it! Yum!

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The oil doesn't affect the gluten content. The oil is gluten-free unless something is fried in it with gluten.

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oh NOOOOO why does everyone keep switching from peanut to canola????? its not healthier- canola oil turns carcinogenic at high temperatures, and peanut does not :angry::angry:

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oh NOOOOO why does everyone keep switching from peanut to canola????? its not healthier- canola oil turns carcinogenic at high temperatures, and peanut does not :angry::angry:

I know many parents of peanut-allergic kids that refused to take their kids to Chick-fil-a because of the peanut oil. Even though oil is not supposed to cause severe allergic reactions, they were not taking any chances. I'm sure this change is mainly to drum up more business from the allergic community. Very few people are allergic to Canola oil.

I'm sad I can't eat at Chick-fil-a anymore. One of the few FF places I miss. I tried eating their fries a few times and it seemed like it was about 50/50 whether I would get sick. It doesn't matter what questions I ask and the fryers probably are dedicated, I've come to the conclusion I'm just too sensitive to cc to eat there. The only thing I ate safely with consistency was the char-grilled chicken salad. But I can't get that anymore because it has cheese.

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I'm sure they switched because of the risk of exposure to peanuts for people who are allergic. I used to work in the public schools before my daughter was born and every school had a policy against bringing in CFA because there are just so many kids with severe peanut allergy these days.

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Why does it seem that so many threads these days have somebody who is incredibly terribly super sensitive commenting on how they can't eat somewhere or something any more? Even when that isn't the topic and it's a place or a product that most celiacs seem to be able to enjoy safely? Is the idea to scare people away from these places or products?

Just strikes me as strange.

richard

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Oh my goodness! This is so fantastic!!! My husband and I have had to avoid Chick-fil-a for so long because of our severe peanut allergies - now we can go back! Oh how I wish it wasn't a Sunday!!

Thank you so much for the great news!

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Oh my goodness! This is so fantastic!!! My husband and I have had to avoid Chick-fil-a for so long because of our severe peanut allergies - now we can go back! Oh how I wish it wasn't a Sunday!!

Thank you so much for the great news!

It is ONLY the FRIES that are in canola now I believe. I believe the chicken is still in peanut oil. (This information is on the website as well!)

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Why does it seem that so many threads these days have somebody who is incredibly terribly super sensitive commenting on how they can't eat somewhere or something any more? Even when that isn't the topic and it's a place or a product that most celiacs seem to be able to enjoy safely? Is the idea to scare people away from these places or products?

Just strikes me as strange.

richard

The last time I checked the board rules did not say I could only comment in the super sensitive area if I'm super sensitive. I did say that I could eat the salads there without incident prior to my dairy allergy. Perhaps that comment will help someone else that is sensitive and wants to eat out on occaision. Or perhaps it will help someone that doesn't know they are super senstive but also gets sick about half the time when they eat fries. Why do YOU feel the need to comment on my comments about being sensitve to cc? Are you doubting that I'm really getting glutened about 50% of the time when I eat chick-fil-a fries or something? I find the need to poo poo concerns about cc strange but you seem to do it almost every thread.

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It is ONLY the FRIES that are in canola now I believe. I believe the chicken is still in peanut oil. (This information is on the website as well!)

If this is true that it is GREAT NEWS for those of us worried about cc! If the chicken and fries are made with different types of oil then there is even LESS chance that they would accidently fry breaded things in the same oil as the fries. I might just go try Ckick-fil-a fries again! Thanks for the hope! (Sorry it's not good news for the peanut allery sufferers)

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The last time I checked the board rules did not say I could only comment in the super sensitive area if I'm super sensitive.

You are right. There is no rule that says that. However rule 5 DOES say "You should remain on topic." This topic was about the type of oil used to fry, not about cc risks.

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You are right. There is no rule that says that. However rule 5 DOES say "You should remain on topic." This topic was about the type of oil used to fry, not about cc risks.

Good golly, you are right, and I do apologize for straying, but I think you are splitting hairs a little here. The title is "chick-fil-a change". My mistake for thinking any comments about chick-fil-a were ok. My comments included comments about the oil change. I will try to stay more on topic in the future. Richard's comments complaining about my comments were COMPLETELY off topic and unneccessary. If he has a problem with me I believe he is able to PM me as a mod (I might be wrong but I think I only disabled PM's from members). There is no reason for him to go about it in a thread about Chick-fil-a. Maybe I'm being overly sensitive today as I have a head cold, I do apologize once again for going off topic. I won't be posting again in this thread.

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Generally, the title is only a clue to what the topic is about. The first post in its entirety becomes the actual topic.

The title here though is "Chick Fil A Change," the change being the frying oil.

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If this is true that it is GREAT NEWS for those of us worried about cc! If the chicken and fries are made with different types of oil then there is even LESS chance that they would accidently fry breaded things in the same oil as the fries. I might just go try Ckick-fil-a fries again! Thanks for the hope! (Sorry it's not good news for the peanut allery sufferers)

Yes! Very true. It is the only place I know of that a lot of allergy Mom's (those without peanut allergies) will let the kids have fries from because of that!

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FWIW, I wasn't trying to get anyone to keep super sensitive discussions ONLY in the super sensitive section or anything of the sort. That isn't a rule and I wouldn't want it to be a rule. However, with all the threads and comments about super sensitivity and guesses about refractory sprue and speculation on seizures and corn and itsy bitsy tiny specks of gluten causing all kinds of scary things, if I were a newbie coming here I'd be totally discombobulated and not sure what to do. I'd also despair that there's ever any hope of getting better.

But I admit that I don't read every thread so maybe that's just me misconstruing what's in the ones that I do read.

thanks

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I know many parents of peanut-allergic kids that refused to take their kids to Chick-fil-a because of the peanut oil. Even though oil is not supposed to cause severe allergic reactions, they were not taking any chances. I'm sure this change is mainly to drum up more business from the allergic community. Very few people are allergic to Canola oil.

I'm sad I can't eat at Chick-fil-a anymore. One of the few FF places I miss. I tried eating their fries a few times and it seemed like it was about 50/50 whether I would get sick. It doesn't matter what questions I ask and the fryers probably are dedicated, I've come to the conclusion I'm just too sensitive to cc to eat there. The only thing I ate safely with consistency was the char-grilled chicken salad. But I can't get that anymore because it has cheese.

My daughter has a peanut allergy and peanut oil does affect her. When she was first diagnosed, the Dr. said to give her cashews instead of peanuts. Stupid me! I just went to Albertsons and bought three cans of cashews because they were on sale. I kept one in the back of the van in case she wanted a snack.

Then it began to dawn on me that every time she ate the cashews she got a nose bleed. And not a normal one either. It was like stuff seeping from her nose non-stop but it was watery and tinged with blood. And sure enough, most cashews are roasted in peanut oil!

Now it is easy for us to tell if she has eaten some cross contaminated food. She gets the weird nose bleed.

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Not sure if all stores made the change but my husband picked me up some fries on Saturday and they were great! I have noticed the past couple of times I go when I order my usual combo without a bun they ask if it's an allergy and then flag it! Before they just noted no bun on the receipt. I have never gotten sick at a Chick-fil-a but this extra step makes me feel better! :)

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