Most of us may have been suffering from a peanut allergy or become intolerant to gluten or lactose for no apparent reason.This sudden spike in developing food allergies made scientists dig deeper into what is causing allergies.
“Can people develop food allergies at any age?”
Yes, according to a recent study done at national level claims that nearly 52% adults in America develop one or more food allergies after age 18.According to some other reports, five percent of adults in America have a food allergy, compared with 8% of children. However, over time some kids outgrow allergies when they age – usually those allergic to wheat, milk, and eggs often retain their allergies throughout adulthood.
According to Dr. Ruchi Gupta, a food allergy researcher, who led the national study on developing food allergies at age claimed that most adults get allergic to shellfish, affecting 3.9 percent of the population, 2.4 % are suffering from peanut allergies, and 1.9 % affected by nut allergies.She says that peanut allergies typically develop during childhood, and only a few children outgrow them as compare to other food allergies. Moreover, peanut allergies appear to be equally common among American adults.
She explains, adults who develop allergies often, suffer from oral allergy syndrome, which occurs in adults who often develop seasonal allergies. It’s like your body is getting tricked, for example, some adults are allergic to tree pollen, and when they eat that food in raw form, their body thinks they are eating tree pollen. And it reacts to that food; birch tree pollen has similar properties to a protein found in apples and cherries. The main symptoms of getting allergic to this fruit are having itchy mouth or throat. However, if these fruits are cooked in any way, their protein denatures and have changed its properties and does not cause such reactions.
Developing food allergies to different food for unknown reason is increasing, the culprit may be GMO seeds, and more chemical exposure to crops and fruit trees.