Many Who Claim to Have a Food Allergy Actually Don’t

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About how many people do you know who claim to have food allergies? While some of them might be legitimate, many purported food-allergy claims may be false alarms.

That’s according to new research that finds that 1 in 10 people in the U.S. are afflicted with food allergies, while nearly twice that number mistakenly believe themselves to be food-allergic.

Researchers surveyed more than 40,000 adults living across the country, finding that about 10 percent were allergic to one or more foods.

However, they also discovered that 19 percent of their subjects reported that they were allergic to certain foods, even though they didn’t experience the physical reactions that typically accompany a genuine food allergy. [7 Strange Signs You’re Having an Allergic Reaction]

While there’s no question that food allergies are real — and for some, potentially life-threatening — people who self-diagnose as food allergic without consulting a medical professional may be misinterpreting their symptoms as an allergic reaction, the study authors wrote.

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This article and images were originally posted on [RealClearScience – Homepage] January 4, 2019 at 11:53PM. Credit to the original author and RealClearScience – Homepage | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.

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