1/25/2012 02:37:00 PM

Quote of the Day: Are Food Allergies Overstated?

"Research shows that as many as 20 percent of people claim to have food allergies when the number is actually around 3 to 4 percent."

-Hugh Sampson, from the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, who claims that the preponderance of food allergies in the U.S. is more about misdiagnosis than fact. Some people may actually be mistaking less-serious food intolerances for food allergies. [WaPo]


  1. All I know is that everyone child i know is allergic to peanuts.

  2. Unfortunately articles like this may cause some people to take food allergies less seriously. I have three kids all with severe peanut allergies. They have each been to the ER for accidently eating peanuts, and this is with us being really careful (yes, I know, the most careful would be me hand preparing everything they put in their mouth). In each instance their face swelled up, they got hives, and they felt their throat tightening up. The doctors always say another exposure could result in a more severe reaction. We are so thankful for Benedryl, Epi-pens and the quick access to EMTs. I am begging anyone who reads this article to please NOT discount anyone or any parent that mentions a food allergy.

  3. I am allergic to soy bean, like tou nd soy sauce. My symptoms are nasal congestion and maybe some sneezing. But i refuse to give up Japnesecand Chinese food! I can live wih the allergy. Get over it, unless it is life-threatening!j

  4. I would like to see which "research shows" as every time a quote like that is used there is an equal and opposite amount of research to disclaim it. I have worked in schools many years. I have seen a child die when staff did not get an epi pen quickly enough to a student one year. A six year old and I have people in my family with life threatening allergy. Are some people exaggerating? Perhaps but, the cost of not taking this issue seriously is too high so why is it continually brought up these days. I'm sorry if it's an annoyance for some but, for others it is indeed life or death.

  5. I have been cooking in a restaurant where 4 of 5 people on a tabelsaid they were allergic to garlic. don't post that you know someone who really has an allergy- consider how much harder it is for them that people make things up that simply aren't true

  6. Great piece.

    The whole peanut thing is so very overblown. I do respect the comment from the person above whose three children have this allergy - it does exist, but 'allergy' often misused. I don't recall anyone other than a helicopter parent with a child "allergic" to peanuts.

    Many times people use allergy when the mean they don't like something.

    Gluten sensitivity is real. But there are many type of gluten.

    Lactose sensitivity is also real, but again, there are many type of lactic acid.

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