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Can I eat at restaurants if I have a peanut allergy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
You can still eat at restaurants if you have a peanut allergy, but you should follow the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics'  tips for a safe dining experience. Get a menu ahead of time so you can figure out which options are safe. When you are at the restaurant, tell your server that you have a peanut allergy and therefore cannot eat any of the dishes that contain peanut. Make sure to stress the risk of cross-contamination. Tell your server that you're at risk for an allergic reaction if any utensils, cooking surfaces, or frying oils that have been touched by peanut products come into contact with your food. Buffets are generally a bad idea because people may use serving utensils for several dishes. It's also a good idea to avoid most fried foods since different foods are often fried in the same oil.

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