Childhood Food Allergy Prevalence Higher than Previously Estimated
The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics published a new study today which concluded that “the prevalence and severity of childhood food allergy is greater than previously reported.” Some six million children in the U.S. have food allergies, and almost 40 percent of food allergy reactions are “severe.”
Although there is some research indicating that a novel food processing method may reduce peanut allergenicity, until there is a highly-effective treatment or cure for food allergies, food-allergic consumers must avoid foods that cause their reactions.
When accommodating a food-allergic consumer, restaurants may want to consider whether their staff are aware of not just the potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, but also some persistent myths about food allergies. Troublingly, some people believe that eating just a little bit of an allergic food may be okay, or that cooking makes a food less allergenic.