Food Allergies On The Rise Essay

2382 Words Nov 30th, 2016 10 Pages
Food Allergies On the Rise Throughout the past fifteen years the amount of people effected by food allergies has concerningly increased. In a research release in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1997 and 2011 there has been a fifty percent increase in food allergies among children under the age of eighteen. Every three minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the ER. Why we are not worried? Research estimates up to 15 millions of Americans have food allergies. A study done by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology in 2012 founded that pesticides containing dichlorophenol used primarily as an intermediate in the preparation of the herbicide may the one to blame (ACAAI). I asked twenty-one of my friends with food allergies what type of reaction each of them get when consuming the allergens and how long have they have the allergy for. To my surprise one third of them just recently got diagnose with a new food allergy. My sister after she turn thirty-four years old started to get an allergic reaction to almonds, some of her symptoms were itchy throat, swelling of the tongue, watery eyes, and some respiratory changes, after consuming them for over twenty-five years. I have another friend who is forty years old and just last year she started to get allergic reactions to corn, soy, tuna, and the whole family of berries. The doctor told her that she was poisoned by the tuna after eating it for five days in a row while she…

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