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Pumpkin seed oil cause anaphylaxis? - (Read 866 Times)
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Post Icon Posted: Jan 28th, 2009 at 06:16 am

Dear everyone,

A person allergic to tree nuts and peanuts was in Austria (Europe) and had a salad at a restaurant. The staff confirmed that it was nut free. He realized something was wrong after a few bites and later that evening he had an anaphylactic chock. He didn't go back to the restaurant to ask them about what could have been the cause but other people in Austria suggested that pumpkin seed oil (Kernöl in German) could have been used as an ingredient and caused the reaction.

Has anyone has a similar experience or heard anything about pumpkin seed oil that causes reacrtions?

It is very frustrating not knowing what caused the reaction and not knowing what to avoid...

This person eats apples, avocado and all sorts of fruit with big and small seeds without any symptoms so it doesn't really make sense to me.

Thank you very much for any response and thoughts on the subject!
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Post Icon Posted: Jan 28th, 2009 at 11:32 am

I'm guessing there *were* nuts in the salad or very strong cross-contamination in the kitchen area.

It's entirely possible there were hidden ingredients in the salad dressing, like walnuts. When I was in Munich for 3 months --- in restaurants when I read the ingredients or spoke w/ the chef...all the dressings had either walnuts, pine nuts, or almonds as a flavoring.

Your friend should really call the restaurant or send a translated email to figure it out, just for peace of mind.

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Post Icon Posted: Jan 29th, 2009 at 03:54 am

Thank you for your reply Adrienne.

I suppose you are right. It doesn't make sense that the pumpkin seed oil should have caused the reaction.

It's really scary that this can happen even after you have confirmed with the waitress that the dish is nut free...
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Post Icon Posted: Jan 29th, 2009 at 06:41 am

Could the pumpkin seeds have been processed in peanut oil? Many seeds and other nuts are roasted in peanut oil.

Is it possible your friend has a new allergy to pumpkin seeds? This is not a food most people consume all the time so it wouldn't be out of the question to discover an allergy in adulthood.

Finally, remember the salad dressing. Many of them are made with nut oils. Cold-processed oil contain protein and many people believe even commercially-processed oils can contain enough to cause a reaction in really sensitive people.
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Post Icon Posted: Dec 15th, 2009 at 07:24 am


I'm the one asking the original question an I would like to provide an update. My friend has now eaten pumpkin seeds without any reaction so the pumpkin seeds can be ruled out as a cause. The salad must have contained nuts in some way. He also eats peanuts without a problem but is allergic to tree nuts.
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