Food Allergies on the Rise

Food allergies are definitely on the rise. My kids have them bad!

My daughter luckily is only allergic to dairy products but my son, on the other hand, seems like he can’t eat much of anything. He has terrible allergies to dairy, soy, rice and corn. I know that if I had those allergies, there wouldn’t be anything I’d eat 🙂

CNN has a great look at the rise of food allergies today and discusses why it is that they are getting worse these days.

From the article:

It seems like more and more children in the U.S. are developing food allergies, and there’s data to back that up. The number of kids with food allergies went up 18 percent from 1997 to 2007, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 3 million children younger than 18 had a food or digestive allergy in 2007, the CDC said.

Scientists are still trying to figure out why food allergies seem to be on the rise, especially in industrialized countries such as the United States. Are children not getting exposed to enough bacteria? Should they eat common allergens such as nuts and shellfish at an earlier age?

A recent study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that visits to the emergency room at Children’s Hospital Boston for allergic reactions more than doubled from 2001 to 2006. Although this is just one hospital, the findings reflect a rise in food allergies seen in national reports, said Dr. Susan Rudders, lead author and pediatric allergist-immunologist in Providence, Rhode Island.

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