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Is it possible to develop an allergy to oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I am beginning a rotation diet, to hopefully put an end to my increasing list of food allergies. Something I am not sure about is the need to rotate oils.

My question is, is it possible to develop an allergic reaction (immune based) to an oil? From my understanding, allergies are created by binding to the proteins in the food, so considering there is no protein in oil, is it safe to say its impossible to become allergic to oils?

Does coconut oil contain any protein?

Note: I am not talking about digestive sensitivities, I am speaking about immune mediated reactions.

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on February 16, 2013
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You can have immune responses to carbohydrates - that's the basis for blood group antigens.

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on February 15, 2013
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Yeah, especially the raw, virgin stuff. I have an allergy to coconut oil. This is the thread that clued me into it: Responding badly to coconut oil and butter. Thomy put a pdf in the comments that explains it. I think the proteins in the coconut oil are called storage proteins. Some butters have more remaining casein than others- I notice I get a pimple or two from some of them while others don't bother me.

I've tried MCT oil, which extracted from coconut, with no problems, and, of course, ghee is nice too. As far as saturated fat goes, I'd say it is probably impossible to be allergic to them. I am not sure about other oils; some of them get damaged quite easily and then who knows what their presence is interpreted as by the immune system?

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on February 16, 2013
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For many years have a reaction (sensation of mouth and lips swelling and sometimes asthma) to food with cottonseed oil. Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops there is, so it is possible I am reacting to chemical residue. I don't know if it is a sensitivity or a true allergy, but I gave up eating grocery store cookies and muffins (where it appears high on the ingredient list as "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and/or... ") Yeah, there are LOTS of reasons to avoid those foods, but I started it years ago because I don't like asthma.

What about nut oils like walnut and almond? Do people with allergies to those foods react to the oils as well? (I'm guessing yes.)

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:58 PM

I think some foods just cause indigestion through inflammation. Its true you can only have a true allergy to a protein. But I have a bad reaction to canola oil, and I simply say I am allergic to make it easier for the average joe to understand.

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on February 16, 2013
at 01:47 AM

You can have immune responses to carbohydrates - that's the basis for blood group antigens.

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