Canola Allergy

Jacob was just diagnosed as having in addition to others, an allergy to Canola and Rapeseed.  I almost think this is as,  if not more, frustrating than the allergies to soy and wheat! Canola is used in just about EVERYTHING!!~ Canola is in almost all potato products, cooking sprays, margarines, baked goods, and a lot of things we have already given up due to other allergies~ It is also unfortunately used in the Ian’s Brand Fish sticks and Chicken nuggets, and Chicken Tenders that were wheat-dairy-soy- nut-egg free!!!  It is also used by McDonalds, in their fry-oil, and  one “Safe” to-go/treat food we had found to allow Jacob- was McDonalds French Fries!! …Sigh. Although I have recently learned they also add beef broth and dairy to their fries as well! ~[Sorry all you vegetarians!] From I what I could find every restaurant out there uses canola oil.

One thing I have done is to buy a pump olive oil sprayer, [MISTO brand from BJs] to use for cooking, baking etc. as all the spray oils, such as PAM, are canola~

I have found that Frito Lay- Lays Potato Chips are all made with corn or sunflower oil, so these are still on the menu! 🙂 Veggie Straws are also canola-free.

Apparently this is a more rare allergy, as the only source I have found on-line is linked below  http://www.cantola.com/

and for foods  check their link  http://www.cantola.com/Tricky_Foods.html

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6 Responses to Canola Allergy

  1. Aurelia May 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    Hi, I am also allergic to rapeseed. Excuse me for the mistakes, I am French. I am so glad to finally find some website talking about it!! In france, I don’t find anything at all. My life has been a hell that year, since this allergy has become worse. I can’t eat bread, flour, pasta, rice, canned and already made food, coffee, fruit juice, sauces, soya milk… But 2 months ago, I realised I also reacted to the other oils ( sunflower, olive, groundnut). I tried to replace them by butter. And I had even more severe reactions. Some brands told me that rapeseed didn’t enter their factories but that their cows ate rapeseed. I didn’t believe it at first, and discovered that milk and cheese made me sick too. Then the eggs too, because the hens are fed with rapeseed. But even though I avoid it, I am sick and have to take cortisone almost every day. I don’t understand why. My family finds this allergy too difficult and doesn’t support me at all. Doctors don’t help me at all and I lose about 4 kilos a week. It’s really hard and somedays I even think about suicide. Almost everyday I swell from the lips and throat, have headache and awful stomach pain, the heart beating very fast or slow, vomit or faint. It is really hard to follow my studies or to work because of this stupid allergy.
    Do you know some website where I could get some help to find out what food I can eat safely? It would really help me!
    Thank you for your article!

    • Multiplefoodallergyhelp~Jenny May 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

      Have you been tested for other allergens? Did you only react to rapeseed and canola or to dairy, meats, grains or other things? I think eating fresh fruits and veggies, you can buy a pasta maker and try making your own pasta? We have brands here that are egg and gluten free that I use. Please, please know that suicide is no solution! I am sad and concerned to hear this from you, please find a counselor or friend to talk to if you find yourself feeling that overwhelmed again, or email me ok? I make a lot of foods from scratch for Jacob, substiting corn oil for canola, making chicken nuggets, breads, cookies, and French fries from scratch. It has been hard for me to adjust, as Jacob is allergic to so many things! Please don’t despair! You can do this! But I think from what you are telling me, you need to find an allergist and have either a blood fast test done or another scratch test done to find out why you are still having so many reactions! Please keep me posted, we are on Facebook and my other email address is on the ‘About’ page as well. Also check pages on websites and pages we love on this site, especially Navan foods, and Cybele pascals bakers handbook cookbook-I use it all the time! Be strong! Be Well!!-Jenny

    • Gigi Mendez January 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      I have been on a plant based diet and my allergies are better. One book that comes to mind is “Fork Over Knives”. I know the feeling about food allergies….I kept a journal of what I ate and the ingredients in what I ate, changing to a plant based diet was more easier and I really don’t have to worry so much of what I am eating. It will be hard at first….to adjust, but with help I hope you will be fine. 🙂

  2. Multiplefoodallergyhelp~Jenny May 31, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    My apologies, I meant a Blood RAST test done- my iphone word replacer!~Jenny

  3. Aurelia June 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    I sent you an email 🙂

  4. Tammy Clark August 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    I am a parent of a 15 year old who has just found out that canola and rapeseed is what she is allergic too, although she is allergic to some fruits it seems canola reaction is the worse. We are learning a new life style, because several places we use to go to cooks with canola including her school. I do have a 504 plan for her. She is taking her lunch and trying to sit as far away from the kitchen at school. She now carries an epi pen at all times. Although we try to read labels she is still having a reaction about once a week. Thank you for sharing you story.

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