Contaminated Tap Water May Lead To Food Allergies
Pesticides in produce and drinking water may be playing a role in the increasing prevalence of food allergies, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 2,211 people and found those in the top 25% for urine concentrations of chemical dichlorophenols – used to chlorinate tap water and keep pests off produce – were also 80% more likely to have a food allergy.
“Adults can develop food allergies even though they’re not kids anymore,” says allergist and study author Dr. Elina Jerschow. “Adult allergies to foods are on the rise. That certainly includes shellfish and fish allergies, but also peanuts. We don’t know what influences this development. But having been exposed to dichlorophenols in our study suggests there could be some link.”Researchers believe dichlorophenols may alter the composition of healthy bacteria growing in the human gut, which plays an active role in immune system functioning. Read more about the study detailing the link between pesticides and allergies.
The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and with it the inescapable march toward excessive food consumption is poised to begin. But those affected by food allergies need not retreat. While Thanksgiving may pose some challenges for the 12 million Americans with food sensitivities, it is still possible to enjoy the holiday. For starters, experts say, let go of your worries about hurting chef grandma’s feelings.
Make sure you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Since the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act took effect in 2006, foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administrationmust have labels that clearly establish the source of all ingredients that are — or are derived from — the eight most common food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. These substances account for 90 percent of food reactions.
Click to read some super tips about how to keep your family safe and healthy while having a delicious Thanksgiving dinner!
Airlines may be putting lives at risk by showing a lack of interest in catering for the needs of passengers with certain food allergies.
Dr Jane Lucas, a respiratory and allergy specialist at Southampton General Hospital, said flights were a particular danger to sufferers due to inconsistent information provided by companies and called on them to take responsibility for their customers. She spoke out following a study, published in the journal Clinical and Translational Allergy, which looked at the experiences of 32 patients with nut or peanut allergy and how they cope with travel.
Click to read more about the study on allergy sufferer on airplanes or click to find out if you are suffering from allergies so you can learn what precautions are necessary both in the air and on the ground.
Urban areas increase chance for allergies in kids
Children living in urban centers have a much higher prevalence of food allergies than those living in rural areas, according to a new study, which is the first to map children’s food allergies by geographical location in the United States. In particular, kids in big cities are more than twice as likely to have peanut and shellfish allergies compared to rural communities. Click to read more about the affect of allergies in cities.
How do you know if a packaged food contains an allergen?
Food allergies can get confusing and complicated. More than 11 million Americans suffer from food allergies; and predictions are that the incidence of food allergies is on the increase.
A recent study in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology showed that seafood allergies are more likely to begin in adulthood, and the Journal estimates that 6.5 million Americans have a seafood allergy today.
Just eight food groups account for 90 percent of allergic reactions. These include peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc.), fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, soy and wheat. There are myriad other things that can cause allergies for some people, including food additives such as aspartame or sulfites.
Click to read more about these food groups and help ordering at a restaurant.