Five food allergy myths

Part of our aim here at Allergy Out is to inform people about food allergies and to keep them safe. Below is a list of some of the top food allergy myths that we hope you might find interesting. We certainly find them informative.  It’s worth mentioning that medical advice often changes so do consult your doctor or nutritionist if these myths interest or are relevant to you.

Myth 1: The cause of most food allergic reactions are artificial additives and flavours.

Fact:  Most foods that cause allergic reactions are whole foods. The common foods that cause allergic reactions are milk, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, wheat, fish and soy.

Myth 2: If you have an egg allergy you should not get a flu injection.

Fact: If flu injections concern you let your doctor know. There are many flu injections that don’t contain egg protein, including flublock. If you have an egg allergy you must and should always let your GP know before getting a flu injection.

Myth 3: You can diagnose a food allergy through a blood or skin test.

Fact: Blood and skin tests show foods that the person might be sensitive to as they show that the person is producing antibodies when supplied with the food. To diagnose allergies food can be cut of out the individual’s diet completely. To recognise an allergy you can do a double-blind placebo-controlled food challenge but these can be hard to administer.

Myth 4: Children never outgrow peanut allergies.

Fact: Children should get a re-test for food allergies as they grow up. Statistics vary but studies overwhelmingly show that some children do outgrow their peanut allergy. To test and see if this happens to you or your child book an appointment with a trained allergist.

Myth 5: Eating gluten-free food is healthier for you even if you don’t have a gluten intolerance.

Fact: A gluten-free diet is definitely healthier for those with gluten-related disorders. However, there is no evidence that a gluten-free diet will help you to lose weight or is in any way a healthier diet. The best way to be healthy is to eat a wide variety of foods. If you eat lots of bread, biscuits and pasta it might be a good idea to reduce your intake of these foods and replace them with fruit and vegetables. 

For more information on food allergies and intolerances please do consult the NHS website. 

At Allergy Out, we love food and we want to help you live life to the fullest. Whilst we hope that these myths will inform you when dealing with allergies, we would love to hear more about your views on allergy myths and facts. If you found this post interesting you may also like our post on Celebrities and food allergies

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