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The Rise of Peanut Allergies



When my first child started school in 1996, I don't remember any children having a peanut allergy in school.  Now that our younger kids are in school, there are multiple kids in each of their classes with either a peanut allergy or gluten intolerance.


"Parents often worry about peanut allergies because the reaction to peanuts can be very severe. New research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting suggests that peanut allergy in children has increased 21 percent since 2010, and that nearly 2.5 percent of U.S. children may have an allergy to peanuts." (1)  That's a BIG increase.


Not only are peanut allergies on the rise, so are other food allergies.  "More than 53,000 U.S. households were surveyed between October 2015 and September 2016 for the study. The research suggests that rates of peanut, tree nut, shellfish, fin fish, and sesame allergies are increasing. Allergy to tree nuts, for example, increased 18 percent from 2010 when data were last collected, and allergy to shellfish increased 7 percent. Also evident was an increase in occurrence in black children compared to white children."(1)


On New Year’s Day, an 11-year-old New Jersey boy passed away from just breathing in cooked fish at his grandmother’s house.  Anaphylaxis to many things is also on the rise.  Is there a corelation?


Why are Food Allergies on the Rise?

Like wheat, peanuts are a heavily sprayed crop.  Many of us have no idea that peanuts are treated with controversial pesticides.   In fact, peanuts in the U.S. are now one of the most "contaminated" snacks we eat!   When crops are sprayed, the spray doesn't just affect that crop.  It gets washed o