Some Stats on Food Allergies

These are from the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network:

  • More than 12 million Americans have food allergies.
  • That’s one in 25, or 4 percent of the population. ƒ
  • The incidence of food allergy is highest in young children – one in 17 among those under age 3. ƒ
  • About 3 million children in the U.S. have food allergies. ƒ
  • The number of emergency room visits due to food-induced anaphylaxis in the US ranges from 50,000 to 125,000, depending on the source. ƒ
  • Eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g., walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. ƒ
  • There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food are important measures to prevent serious health consequences.
  • Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction.
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