Most People With Food Allergies Don't Have Food Allergies

Categories: Edible News

EDIBLE NEWS logo 176-thumb-175x96.jpg
About 20 percent of Americans say that they have food allergies or sensitivities, but only about 3 or 4 percent actually do have them, according to The Washington Post.

Officials at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center, contacted as part of the Post's consumer report, concede that the amount of Americans with milder reactions to certain foods is higher than 4 percent, but that a lot of people don't actually have any intolerance whatsoever.

Turns out that a lot of times, people think they have allergies, but their "reactions" might be symptoms of another condition, the Post says.

The amount of people with real life-threatening food allergies, however, appears to be on the rise, and docs don't know why.


For more dining news, head to Fork in the Road, or follow us @ForkintheRoadVV. And follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis if you dare ...



Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
19 comments
Katie Anne Bergagnini
Katie Anne Bergagnini

The human diet is not supposed to consist of so many grains & food additives. Plain & simple. If people would eat the diet their bodies are made for they would be able to eat just about anything every once in awhile. By maintaining a diet of mostly veggies, fruits & grass-fed, non pasturized dairy & meats as well as greens loaded with enzymes & nutrients which have also been stripped from the soil & the seas with pollution & pesticides, anyone who knows & has cleaned up their diet could go on & on about this issue for hours, all backed by thousands of research projects & studies conducted over the past 100 + years.Just eat what nature intended & you will find your stomach healed, all your diseases & allegeries disappear, your energy levels return to new heights and never have trouble getting a good nights sleep again. For more information on how to get started, google natural and organic websites by doing simple key word searches. Since going organic and all natural, as a woman of 48 years of age, I find myself now feeling better than I did in my 20's. Give it a try & if someone would like some assistance & recommendations let me know & I'll be glad to help you get your search started. --Cheers to your health, DJ Katie

Staeven
Staeven

Thank you for this. It makes people with life-threatening allergies such as vinegar or shellfish want to punch mamby-pambies with their fake allergies.

annoyed
annoyed

seriously you guys? Celiacs don't have allergies, they have celiac disease.  Lactose intolerance is not an allergy either.   An allergy is your body's immune system reacting abnormally to a food protein causing a release of histamines.  This can be life threatening, and it's people like you that make life even more dangerous for those of us that do have true, diagnosed, life threatening allergies.

Glutthis
Glutthis

This is for the people who think wheat is bad... lol

Kelley McCormick
Kelley McCormick

Please do not imply toreaders that food allergies are often over-stated or exaggerated.

 

Please consider including theJune 2011 pediatric prevalence study that was published in PediatricsJournal.  It clearly states that prevalence of food allergies - amongchildren - are skyrocketing.  Your story (originally a Consumer Report story) includes a statistic from a 2004study.

 

Here is a link to the June 2011 food allergy prevalence study: http://pediatrics.aappublicati...

 

The study reported that foodallergy prevalence among children was TWICE AS HIGH as the CDC’s pediatricprevalence study from 2008. 6 million children are currently diagnosed withfood allergies - that's 1 in 13 children - or 2 in every classroom. One ofthose two children has a life-threatening food allergy.

 

Severity of food allergiesare clearly on the rise. Children and adults are dying from their foodallergies. Here is just one tragic example of a 7-year old little girl who diedearlier this month: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

 

Help the Food AllergyInitiative (www.faiusa.org) by raisingawareness of the spreading prevalence and increasing severity of foodallergies. This group is the largest private funder of food allergy research,underwriting studies by Dr. Sampson and other top doctors in the field.

 

It is critical to understandwhy there is such a significant increase in food allergies and how to stoppeople from dying of food allergies. Thank you.

Chorleydnc
Chorleydnc

The rise in gluten intolerance in the US parallels the introduction of preform glutamic acid folic acid which was added to flour to prevent birth defects. This particular substance does not occur in nature, but it was assumed harmless... Maybe not.David

swattz101
swattz101

"The amount of people with real life-threatening food allergies, however, appears to be on the rise, and docs don't know why."

My thoughts on this is that we are getting to anal about being clean. No, I don't mean that we should live in mounds dirt, but I think people go overboard with the thought that every little thing needs to be sanitized so baby doesn't catch any germs. If baby never has a chance to build up their immune system because you take an alcohol wipe to every single surface 15 times a day, they are more susceptible to allergies. This is just an opinion.

Moe Better
Moe Better

Gluten is not exactly "natural" in the sense that, man has been cultivating wheat for centuries (or longer - as the civilizations pre-Roman cultivated wheat).  I think part of the gluten issue is that gluten is in about 97% of what you eat in the US.... its in most noodles, breads, bear, even some candies that would would never think have any "wheat" in them.

Most people can handle this, but sometimes people's "reaction" to gluten is to have digestive issues and/or to simply get fat (because their digestive system can not handle it gluten well) ...  Sometimes people just have odd reactions (physical - not psychological), such as the skin breaking out or other issues.

I think cutting down on gluten and wheat intake can help a lot of people.  Rice, rice noodles and other non wheat based items can be a good food/healthy alternative, thought they are sometimes hard to find.

I am sensitive to one anti-biotic and onions... onions will make me feel sick, if I eat enough - say a few bites from a burger with onions.  The anti-biotic will make me hurl as if I had food poisoning, usually with an hour of consuming it.  Garlic (in regular quantities), jalapenos and other peppers are fine... so I'm pretty sure its a physical reaction to whatever makes up onions and certain medications.

I dont think most people want this sensitivities.  I know I do not.  Its sometimes difficult when you are a guest and they are generous and cook food, but you can not eat it because it will make you (feel) sick or whatever...  many understand, but its still difficult.

Wrævn
Wrævn

I think you'll find things like allergies rise as the infant mortality rate rises. Every day we're better able to keep newborns alive more and more who would've, in days of yore, perished early on or in early childhood.

Matthew Brown
Matthew Brown

The most common imagined allergy seems to be gluten. About 99% of the people who read about gluten sensitivity on the Internet and convinced themselves they have it are just hypochondriacs. They don't even know what gluten is. It is a natural protein that forms in rising dough made with wheat. The gluten free foods craze has morons thinking gluten is bad for us, but that is nonsense. If you were allergic to gluten, you would have known it since early childhood.

Read before posting? Why?
Read before posting? Why?

To the eight people who 'liked' this comment: Does it really not matter to you at all that this person can't be bothered to proofread his comment (obviously what he meant to say was 'as the infant mortality rate DROPS'), and just the 'truthiness' of it is what counts? 

Oh, and by the way, the infant-mortality rate is definitely not positively affected by increasing premature births. Actually, in the US the infant-mortality rate hasn't changed much overall and is getting a lot worse among some segments of the population precisely because the rate of premature births is on the rise. That's not a good thing.

steve
steve

Ah, the internet, home to people running off about things they obviously know nothing about since the early '90's. Thanks for the reminder that "ignorance is bliss" is still a very apt saying...

LeglessDog
LeglessDog

You're only partially correct, Matthew.  While there are many people out there who think they have Celiac Disease, but truly do not; most people don't know it at "early childhood."

Firstly, children are not as easy to diagnose as teens and adults.  They're not as aware of what feels "normal" and what feels "sick" as a grown person.  So, it often takes time for someone (or their parents) to connect the dots.

Secondly, the awareness of a gluten allergy in a medical and scientific sense has risen to the surface over the past decade.  It was nearly [completely, perhaps] unheard of to the general public during the childhood years of most every adult walking the planet today.  To say a 50 year old should have known they had a gluten allergy in the 1960s is simply ignorant.

Third, even with all the knowledge we have today about Celiac, we've got a long way to go.  Many tests for the allergy come up with false positives and false negatives on a regular basis--it is difficult to detect with accuracy.  Also, many symptoms can easily be mistaken for something else (or vice versa).

I worked as a chef for 11 years, and I am not gluten-intolerant.  I also have brewed beer for 10 years and drink it every day.  That being said, I think twice before I'm skeptical about another person's allergy--and I'm thankful I can eat and drink whatever I want to.

Guest
Guest

As someone who just discovered I had gluten insensitivity (from a doctor, looking at my organ damage, but by reading about it) I'll say it's not that simple.  Gluten is in EVERYTHING (as wheat is the most common filler additive to most foods) so I never thought to equate the problems I've had with given food, but rather with overall eating.  Thought I might have an ulcer or acid reflex, which my doctors were more then happy to medicate for me.  Given the nature of these medications, they do help reduce the pain, so it wasn't until much later in my life, and after undergoing exploratory surgery and several doctor made diets, I discovered the truth.

I can see people in my spot taking anti-acid pills or ulcer medication and never realizing the truth about there condition.

As a rule, self medicationor even diet change is a horrible idea.  Check with a doctor.  But ifyou are reading about gluten and think you might have a problem, check into itasap.  My inflamed stomach was as risk of damaging my Kidneys by the timeI found out.

Eating_elephants
Eating_elephants

I also worked as a chef for 6 years, specializing in people with food allergies. The biggest delay I have seen in the diagnosis of celiac disease is that people don't have a "normal" allergic reaction. Instead, people with celiac frequently suffer from malnutrition long before they are diagnosed due to the bodies resistance against absorbing the nutrients found in the food they eat.

Ken
Ken

...sensitivity, not insensitivity. Or were you going for the Three Amigo "more than famous..."?

Loading...