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5 myths and false beliefs about food allergies and intolerances


  • Marian Cunningham
  • The Conversation *

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Food allergies appear to be on the rise, but misconceptions abound, often hampering proper diagnosis and treatment of a condition.

According to recent research, up to 35% of people misdiagnose themselves (or their children) with a food intolerance or allergy and then try to control it themselves instead of seeking the proper medical advice.

So it’s time to clear up 5 of the most popular misconceptions that persist.

1- I have symptoms after food, so it must be an allergy

Not necessarily. Adverse reactions to foods can occur for a variety of reasons, all of which fall under the umbrella term “food hypersensitivity.”


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