The INSIDER Summary:
- A new national study revealed that more than half of adults in the US with food allergies developed them after they turned 18.
- Shellfish is the most common food allergy for adults.
- Adults were found to have unique methods of developing allergies that children don’t.
If you have children, you know that protecting them against food allergies is a big concern these days. Such a big concern that doctors recommend treatment against allergies start in utero. (Current research suggests expectant mothers load up on peanuts five times a week or more during pregnancy in order to prevent the very common peanut allergy.)
In total, there are eight “big” food allergies that parents and doctors look out for, according to FARE, the Food Allergy Research & Education organization: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. Some, like milk, eggs, and wheat, are commonly shed in childhood. But others, like peanuts, tend to stick around.
But while most of the allergy research in the United States has focused on how it affects children (approximately eight percent of children deal with food allergies, compared to five percent of adults), researchers have spent years parsing together anecdotal evidence of another issue altogether: adult-onset food allergies.
Until recently, researchers knew little about the true prevalence of adult food allergies, but thanks to the data collected by a new national study, we now know that more than half of adults in the US with food allergies got them after they turned 18. For adults, shellfish is the most common allergen (3.9 percent), followed by peanuts…