While 25% of people believe they have a food allergy, less than 10% actually have this problem. Many have food intolerance and digestive issues.
Part of the difference is that many food intolerance and digestive issues are called “allergic” incorrectly. For instance, “lactose intolerance” is not an allergic response, but the inability to digest lactose or milk sugar adequately, leading to GI symptoms. The over-diagnosed “gluten intolerance” or celiac disease, results from a non-allergic immune response affecting the GI tract and possibly other organ systems.
True food allergies can be directed at over 100 foods, but 90 percent involve just eight foods:
- tree nuts
- shellfish and
While many are outgrown, peanut, treenut and fish tend to be lifelong.
While avoidance of potentially allergic foods in early childhood has been common advice for years, recent evidence indicates regular exposure, starting at less than one year of age, may actually reduce the likelihood of peanut allergies by the age of five.
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