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    Food Figures Underestimate the Problem

    Any food can cause an allergic reaction, but 90% of all food allergies are caused by one of the following: wheat, eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish and shell fish.

    Industry funded organizations cite data from 2002, stating that the FDA estimates 2 percent of adults and up to 8 percent of young children suffer from food allergies.

    According to this eight year old data, at least 1 out of every 17 children under the age of three has a food allergy, suggesting that food allergies now affect 1 out of every 8 families.

    Additionally, asthma, another allergic reaction, accounts for almost 5,000 deaths a year, while at the same time and there has been an increase in the number of people with Celiac’s Disease.

    However, a recent report out of the Centers for Disease Control revealed that there has been a 265% increase in the rate of hospitalizations related to food allergic reactions. If you walk into a preschool classroom anywhere in America, the number of students with food allergies supports this statistic, suggesting that the eight year old data being touted by other organizations underestimate the problem and that food allergies are far more pervasive than industry-funded groups would have you believe.