The incidence of food allergy has doubled in the last couple decades, and with it both food allergy awareness and misperceptions have grown as well.

Quite often it is misperceptions that prevent non-allergic people from having empathy for the daily vigilance those with an allergy must exercise.

By taking and sharing this simple food allergy quiz, you may help increase awareness of the facts and diminish the nuisance of misperceptions.

True or False

Six of the statements below are true, which are they?

  1. Any symptom or reaction that occurs after eating a food indicates a food allergy.
  2. Only certain foods can cause a food allergy.
  3. Children sometimes outgrow their food allergy.
  4. Children will outgrow all their food allergies.
  5. The most common food allergy in children is peanut.
  6. A positive allergy blood test always indicates you are allergic to one or more foods.
  7. If you are allergic to a certain food, it is dangerous to eat small amounts that do not trigger a reaction.
  8. Cooking food prevents it from triggering an allergy.
  9. Food allergies are not real.
  10. It is difficult to avoid foods that cause allergy.
  11. Food allergies are not serious.
  12. A food allergy always starts in childhood.
  13. Most people who believe that they have a food allergy are correct.
  14. Hives may or may not be a sign of a food allergy.
  15. If vomiting occurs every time a food is eaten, you are allergic to it.
  16. Carbohydrates (sugars) and lipids (fats) are not allergens.
  17. New food labeling law make shopping and eating safe for people with food allergies.
  18. Antibacterial gels are better for ridding hands of allergens than soap and water.
  19. A food intolerance is the same thing as a food allergy.
  20. In the U.S., 1 to 6 percent of children have a food allergy.
  21. People are never allergic to fruits or vegetables.

Out of all food reactions, about 80 percent are owed to a food intolerance (difficulty digesting a food), and 20 percent to allergic, immune system responses. Never assume that a problem digesting indicates a food allergy.

To diagnose a food allergy, the individual’s history, type and frequency of reactions, and the specific cause-effect (food-symptom) relationship needs to be assessed. Blood or skin-prick tests can confirm immune system involvement. A definitive allergy diagnosis requires a physician supervised ingestion of the suspected food.

Which quiz statements are true? 3, 7, 10, 14, 16, 20

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