The Myth of Food Allergies

© iStockphoto/Thinkstock Although you wouldn’t know it from the enormous amount of airtime health-oriented talk shows devote to the subject,

© iStockphoto/Thinkstock

Although you wouldn’t know it from the enormous amount of airtime health-oriented talk shows devote to the subject, serious food allergies are not very common. According to a report recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, while nearly three out of ten people think they have food allergies, less than 5 percent of adults and 8 percent of kids actually do. In fact, researchers who examined more than 12,000 studies found that when the right test was used, even people who had gotten a doctor’s diagnosis had a less than fifty-fifty chance of being truly allergic. Obviously, if you have had a life-threatening allergic reaction, you’ll want to keep your epi-pen handy. But if you’re convinced that rash must be due to your intolerance for tomatoes, you might want a second opinion.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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