Are Foods Making You Sick?

no-peanuts-allowed-sign-food-allergyThere’s a growing movement across U.S. families demanding answers on our food supply. Not only do products full of sugar line grocery aisles (and even include some ingredients banned in foreign countries), but more people are getting sick.

We’re not just talking about GI issues and minor irritations. We’re talking about serious, sometimes life-threatening food allergies that affect 15 million people … and counting.

Statistics on Food Allergies

Think food allergies are a bigger deal these days than they were, say 15 years ago? Well, you’re right! Just take a look at some of these statistics from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE):

  • This potentially deadly disease [food allergy] affects 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom.
  • A 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that there was an 18 percent increase in food allergy between 1997 and 2007.
  • Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department – that is more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year.
  • Children with food allergy are 2-4 times more likely to have other related conditions such as asthma and other allergies, compared with children who do not have food allergies.

Read more statistics and facts on Food Allergies

Common Food Allergies

While anyone can be allergic to anything (technically), there are common foods that trigger allergic reactions. The most common food allergies, referenced as “The Big 8” include:

  • milk
  • eggs
  • peanuts
  • tree nuts
  • soy
  • wheat
  • fish shellfish

These food allergies make up the 90% of allergic reactions. Sometimes even just touching foods that contain these ingredients, or smelling them, can trigger an allergic reaction.

What Does “Sick” Look Like?

Food allergy reactions can vary and appear at unique times. Some side effects will appear within hours after eating or exposure; others appear within minutes.

The Mayo Clinic says the most common side effects of food allergy include:

  • itching or tingling in the mouth
  • hives, itching or skin irritations
  • swelling
  • wheezing, nasal congestion or difficulty breathing
  • abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea
  • dizziness, light-headed, fainting
  • anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)

Do YOU have a food allergy?

While moms and those who suffer may suspect and wonder if a food allergy is at play, there are ways to find out for sure. Allergy tests are one great way to rule out what’s causing your discomfort and determine if you suffer from food allergy. From testing for celiac disease to identifying a shellfish allergy, consider making the call to get tested.

Test Smartly Labs of Kansas City offers food allergy testing. No insurance required. No doctor’s referral needed. Come in and identify what’s making you sick.



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