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Kids with Peanut Allergies

I would have to agree that the number of kids with peanut allergies is on the rise. But what I have seen an increase in is allergies beyond the 7 that were taught to us in Culinary School. We are schooled on the 7 deadly allergies… Dairy, Egg, Fish, Shellfish, Peanut, Tree Nut, and Gluten. But as a Chef in the industry for over 11 years I have seen an amazing increase in other food allergies and health issues. I tell everyone that my job is not longer cooking but keeping people alive. I have been trained for the past 5 years to create food with allergies in mind. Every time we put together a new menu item the discuss leans towards what allergies are in this food and can we make it without cross contamination?

My job now, is to cook food that are allergy free and still look like they are eating the foods that the rest of the family is eating. To make those individuals with food allergies seem normal and not out of place. I try to take the stress off the family. But we also have to remember those without allergies and not get so caught up that we do not play with all the foods that we have available.

Kids with peanut allergies tend to make me very nervous. I have heard stories of babies being place in high chairs and there was some peanut butter on the chair and the baby started to have an allergic reaction and swell. But after reading this article I wonder if doctors are just making the call that no child should be exposed to nuts…

THURSDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) — A new survey suggests that the percentage of children with peanut allergies has more than tripled in just over a decade, although the actual number of kids thought to have the allergy is still small.

“These results show that there is an alarming increase in peanut allergies, consistent with a general, although less dramatic, rise in food allergies among children in studies reported by the CDC [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention],” study leader Dr. Scott H. Sicherer, a professor of pediatrics at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said in a news release from the school. “The data underscore the need for more study of these dangerous allergies.”

Researchers surveyed 5,300 households in 2008 and found that 1.4 percent of children were thought to have peanut allergies. That’s more than three times the rate — 0.4 percent — found in a similar survey that was done in 1997.

The percentage of kids with allergies to either peanuts or tree nuts grew to 2.1 percent in 2008 from 0.6 percent in 1997.

Among adults, the level of peanut allergies didn’t change: It remained at 1.3 percent.

“Our research shows that more than 3 million Americans report peanut and/or tree nut allergies, representing a significant health burden,” Sicherer said. “The data also emphasize the importance of developing better prevention and treatment strategies.”

It’s not clear why the number of reported allergies is on the rise. One theory suggests that people are developing less immunity to allergens because they’re exposed to fewer germs. Another suggests that people are wrongly diagnosed with food allergies that they don’t actually have.

The researchers caution that they only called homes with telephones, possibly skewing the results toward the experiences of wealthier households.

The findings appear in the May 12 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

I agree with both theories in this article. I truly believe we are over sanitizing to the point that we are weakening our immune system and developing allergies to everything. sensitivities are on the rise and food allergies are now appearing later in adult lives. I think the doctors are under education in nutrition and food allergies and we are turning to drugs instead of nutrition. Our foods are nutritionally depleted and we want everything faster and cheaper. This type of lifestyle will only lead to health issues and the development of food allergies. What do you think? What is your opinion on the rise in food allergies? What is your opinion on the theories mentioned above? 

Comment and feel free to share this with your friends and family. Would love to know what they think also.

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden


July 4, 2010 - Posted by | Food Allergies, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Nutrition | , , , , , , , ,

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