“It could be something that's life-threatening. It could cause death.”
Food allergies were highest in preschoolers aged 3 to 5 years old. The top three allergens were peanuts, milk and shellfish, according to the study.
A food allergy is typically defined as any abnormal response to food triggered by the body’s immune system. But the medical literature is still slow to agree on a universal definition, making estimates of food allergies lower until now.
Suzanne Boothby is a Brooklyn-based wellness writer, certified health coach and co-founder of New York Family Wellness. Visit www.suzanneboothby.com to learn more.
Reviewed June 23, 2011
Edited by Alison Stanton