Children & Food Allergies

COULD PROCESSED FOODS BE THE CAUSE OF FOOD ALLERGiES?

I recently read an article in a local hospital magazine publication regarding the growing concerns of health care officials about kids suffering from food allergies.

The article stated that 3 million kids and their parents suffer from food allergies and that this number might be growing.  In the decade ending in 2007,  there has been a 20 percent increase in children suffering from food allergies.

The experts seem to be baffled as to why food allergies in children have risen so dramatically in recent years.

The article also stated that 8 foods accounted for 90 percent of all food allergies.

• cow’s milk

• eggs

• peanuts

• tree nuts (e.g. walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews)

• fish

• shell fish

• soybeans

• wheat

What I found most interesting about this article is, it stated that food allergies in children are highest in industrialized countries.

America, England, and  Germany are three of the world’s leading industrialized countries.  What do these countries have in common? They all have large processed food industries. Could processed food consumption be the answer?

America leads the world in processed foods.  America also leads the world in junk and fast food production and consumption. America also has the distinction of having the sickest population of all the industrialized countries.

It seems to me that, if the experts wanted to know why so many people have food allergies, they would take a hard look at the type of foods these kids and their parents are eating on a daily basis.

The article concluded by stating that  more research needs to be done; and hopefully there will be a drug that will cure food allergies in the future.

Is a drug really the answer? I think not!  The cure for most of our ills is to stop eating fake chemical laden processed foods, and replace them with whole natural real foods.

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