Food allergies vs. food intolerance - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/12/10

Food allergies vs. food intolerance

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – While nearly one-third of Americans believe they have food allergies, new research shows that number is probably much smaller.

The study from Stanford is in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It says that after reviewing all available studies on food allergies, about 8% of children have a real food allergy and for adults, it's just 5%.  "On a daily basis I see children who've been diagnosed with a food allergy who do NOT have a food allergy," said Rachel Story, M.D., Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

The study found there is a difference between a food allergy and food intolerance. Also that people can outgrow their childhood food allergies, or develop new ones as adults. "Sometimes we cast our net so broadly to find any sickness that we're reeling in people who are pretty healthy," said Stephen Woloshin.

The bottom line is there are true allergies that can be life threatening and should be taken seriously, but that many others should know just because a certain food doesn't agree with you doesn't mean that you're allergic to it.

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