Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chick-Fil-A and French Fries


We don't eat fast food at our house.....we rarely eat out at all.  But when we have an emergency meal or are on the road, we look for Chick-Fil-A and have visited many locations across a few different states.

If we pile in the car late one evening when our dinner plans fall through the kids immediately ask, "Are we going to Chick-Fil-A?" and then hubby breaks into the infamous Chick-Fil-A song.  Yes, we are going to Chick-Fil-A......

Bee can safely eat the grilled chicken breast filet minus the bun and she loves the lemonade.

However, Chick-Fil-A fries their food in peanut oil.  I decided to give them a call regarding their frying oil, because I didn't think it was a good idea to use something that could trigger allergies for so many people.  They told me that peanut oil does not cause reactions in peanut allergic individuals-not completely true!  And they mentioned no plans of changing to another oil.  I think I recruited several others to call and email Chick-Fil-A too.

This week as we cruised through the drive-through after one of those days, I noticed a yellow flag attached to the menu.  "Our waffle fries cooked with canola oil." 

I asked them at the window and they verified that the fries are now cooked in canola oil.  Also, the fries are made in a dedicated fryer so no nuggets or anything containing gluten is made in that same fryer.

I held my breath and gave Bee a fry and nothing happened.  No rash, no hives, no itching, no fussing.  Actually, she asked for more as she pulled the lid off her lemonade and dumped it all over the carseat....

She never had a reaction and now happily can eat her chicken and her fries with her lemonade-at least what's left in her cup.  Healthy?  No.  But sanity saving.

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