We all know someone with a food allergy, or at least someone who ‘thinks’ they have a food allergy.
A new study has revealed nearly 1 in 5 people believe they have a food related allergy while only 1 in 10 actually does.
Of the 40,000 people who were involved in the study 50% reported having a ‘severe’ reaction to at least one type of food while 45% said they had an allergy to more than one. Of the reactions reported the researchers found the symptoms often did not match the food they believed they were allergic to.
The most common foods people claimed to be allergic to included shellfish, milk and peanuts.
The authors of the study say anyone who believes they suffer from one should have their thoughts confirmed through testing to ensure they aren’t avoiding foods they really don’t have to.
While this study was conducted in America, 2.6 million Canadians say they have at least on food allergy so it’s more likely around 1.3 million.