Today food allergies and sensitivities are estimated to affect approximately 6 to 8 percent of children under the age of 5, and about 3 to 4 percent of adults (Mayo Clinic – Food Allergy). Some children will outgrow their sensitivities; some children and adults will live with them their entire lives. The most common food allergens include:
In the past, living with a food allergy was extremely difficult. Symptoms were often confused with other maladies, and allergen-free diet options were non-existent, leaving many people with food allergies out in the cold. These days living allergen- and gluten-free isn’t nearly the hassle or risk it used to be. No longer do you have to sacrifice texture, taste or variety in your foods. Advances in the science of food and nutrition have made it possible for individuals with food sensitivities to enjoy modified versions of many of their favorite foods and baked goods, and many grocery and health food stores now carry a wide variety of options for allergen-sensitive individuals.