Netflix Rotten Review The Peanut Problem by SosiSafe

Netflix Rotten Review The Peanut Problem

Netflix Rotten Review: The Peanut Problem


Season 1: Episode 2

The Peanut Problem

A Netflix Original Documentary Series

“Something in our world is changing. Our bodies are rejecting the foods we eat and even the experts don’t really know why.”

For 47 minutes I sat on the edge of my couch, not from excitement but as an apprehensive Allergy Mom. With each changing scene in the recently released Netflix Original Documentary Series, “Rotten”, the imagery, stories and scientific evidence had my emotions teetering between annoyed and sad, happy and hopeful. In Season 1: Episode 2, “The Peanut Problem”, we are whisked away to some beautiful Georgian peanut fields, skittered across to the UK, to hear horrifying accounts of a restaurant owner who blatantly ignored his duty of care for monetary gain which resulted in the loss of an allergy person’s life.


“The Peanut Problem” had me feeling completely annoyed when the episode has us trailing alongside an American family from Georgia, strolling through their lush legume (peanut) fields. The peanut allergy epidemic could potentially affect the Cox family (featured in the documentary) since their farm alone produces more than 1 million pounds of peanuts each year. To say they are invested in the positive spin of peanuts is an understatement and their involvement in the documentary left me with a sour taste.

Netflix Rotten Review The Peanut Problem by SosiSafe
Screenshot taken from Netflix Rotten (Season 1 : Episode 2)

What left me feeling hopeful as an allergy mom were the two terrific food allergy advocates featured in the documentary. The first, Mr. Ming Tsai claims that he has had, “at least 20 mothers crying in [his] restaurant.” This I have no doubt to be true. My daughter has never eaten in a restaurant. No silly antlers on the head, or happy birthday song while a whole restaurant claps along and sings happy birthday to our child. We of course have our own celebrations and our amazing friends and family make them so special but it would be spectacular to have a restaurant owner close by, like Mr. Tsai, who guarantees his meals are served safe from The Top 8 Food Allergens by the use of a simple spreadsheet system.

The second allergy advocate is researcher and allergy mom, Dr. Ruchi Gupta, M.D, M.P.H from the Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University in Chicago. She takes the time to explain the severity of an anaphylactic reaction, how stressful life can be as an allergy parent, and of course her hopes for the future as she believes treatments are coming to the public in the next 5 to 10 years. If you are looking for a quick visual explanation of what happens to the body during an anaphylactic reaction, at around the 10-minute mark we hear from a young woman named Ruby and her experience with a small amount of peanut in an Indian dish she was served. At this point in the episode there is some scientific IEG discussion that may be worth watching if you cannot commit to the full episode. It may be helpful to show family members, daycare workers, teachers, and friends who do not quite grasp the severity of a reaction, should there ever be one.

Netflix Rotten Review The Peanut Problem by SosiSafe
Screenshot taken from Netflix Rotten (Season 1:Episode 2)

It is so chilling to think that even a small exposure to a food allergen can quickly explode into a severe allergic situation as is clearly explained in the documentary:

An anaphylactic reaction can include: rapid closing of the throat, vomiting, suppression of heart rate, bronchospasm (difficulty breathing), wheezing, tightening of the chest, hives, and even the unthinkable. So why do we carry 2 Epipens everywhere we go? The only way to treat an anaphylactic reaction is by reversing that reaction by using epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) administered through an auto injector. It is very powerful and every administration requires hospitalization.

Food allergies are on the rise globally and it is important that people understand how to help out those local in your own community. I can tell you first hand that it can be extremely isolating when you have a child who is allergic to certain foods. Many social gatherings quickly become ticking time-bombs if people do not take the necessary precautions and we often avoid these situations instead of risking an unsafe environment.

How can you support a food allergy family?

A simple way to keep people who have food allergies safe it to exclude the food and not the child. It made me so sad in the documentary when they were talking about students with allergies having to sit at separate tables so they could be kept safe from other lunches. In a world where we are striving for inclusion, this does not seem like a community rallying together to help the child(ren) feel loved or included.

Let me tell you, as an allergy mom, nothing warms my heart more than my friends texting or calling me to double check that the snacks they are bringing to our playdate are safe for Sosi. Many amazing companies are starting to create peanut free products that are free from many, if not all, of the Top 8 Allergens, so you can easily access these snacks for your own child, in order to keep others safe. My child is too young to thank you or understand the effort you are making but from the bottom of this allergy mom’s heart, there is no greater act of kindness than empathy and compassion for others.

Concluding Thoughts

The final scene of Netflix’s, “The Peanut Problem” takes us back to the beautiful, green peanut fields where the documentary began. My feelings of annoyance, sadness, and happiness, were surprising pushed aside by feeling thankful. It is amazing that organizations such as The National Peanut Board are donating large sums of money toward Food Allergy Research, and that large corporations such as Netflix are taking the time to spread awareness about the real, often scary world of living with food allergies. I am also very thankful for you! Whether you are an allergy parent, grandparent, teacher, friend, or colleague, you taking the time to read this review for either educational or emotional support and that means the world to allergy families.

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42 thoughts on “Netflix Rotten Review The Peanut Problem”

  1. Annie @ MamaDweeb

    I’ve been wanting to watch this. Now I really want to watch it! The last food documentary that I loved was Fed Up.

  2. This is a very well-written article on such an important topic, thank you for sharing your thoughts! I have four kids and none of them have allergies, but this helped me understand how difficult life must be for families whose kids have allergies, and how insensitive organizations can be. The hopeful people you mentioned were good to hear about.

  3. Interesting! My kids have allergies (as do I – but I didn’t as a child) and some of them are very severe. Some people have no idea how deadly these allergies can be. I’ve been curious about this show so now I may give it a watch.

  4. I watched this episode the other night and it blew me away. As a first time mom, it scares me to death to think my daughter could potentially have a food allergy especially after watching this. I never realized how careless people are to the needs of those with an allergy. Great review!

  5. I need to watch this now. My son has an egg allergy, and I do thank God all the time it wasn’t peanut, because I know how much scarier that can be. Being an allergy mama is not for the faint of heart!

  6. My husband and I just recently saw this episode, and it broke our hearts. Our son also has a food allergy, and the worry is immeasurably when we’re out and about. I’m glad it’s getting more attention and I hope parents with kids with food allergies or not will watch this episode. It is eye opening. Thanks for spreading the word.

  7. My husband has a gluten allergy (which is genetic, so we’ve never even exposed our kids), and I definitely get the whole no eating out thing. It’s so stressful sometimes. Thankfully, he doesn’t react nearly as badly as your daughter, so we don’t have to be so cautious, but it really saddens me to hear that allergy kids are excluded. Thank you for bringing awareness to this topic, especially from someone who lives that life every day.

  8. I was looking for some nutrition documentaries after recently watching What The Health, this came just at the right time 😀

  9. Thanks for this, I’m another allergy mum and will watch this later. My partner brought this to my attention. Our daughter is starting to feel fed up with her allergy and having restrictions on some of the foods she’d like to eat. I live on hope that a cure might be found. I miss the carefree days of just ordering or buying food without checking and double checking ingredients and labels.

    1. Here in Canada 🇨🇦 there are a few allergists who are starting the OIT and we will definitely be looking into it in the next few years. Are you in the States? I have heard there are doctors there as well who specialize in the desensitization.
      It can be so frustrating- and unfortunately people don’t get the severity of allergies so when going out to restaurants we find it daunting and just bring her a meal from home.
      I feel ya, food allergies are so isolating, tell your daughter she’s doing great! 🙂

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