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Peanut Allergies: A New Study

March 4, 20159 min
A large, national study of food allergies in the U.S. finds that more children have allergies, including severe allergies, than previously thought.Any food may cause an allergic reaction, but 90% of food allergies in children are caused by just 6 common foods or food groups—milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat.Peanuts, although generally pretty easy to avoid, can sometimes show up in foods when least expected. Peanuts are often ground up and used as bulking agents in food products such as candies. Peanut butter is sometimes used by restaurants and caterers as a “glue” in food preparation to hold the food item together. Therefore, it is imperative that you not only read labels carefully to make sure peanuts are not unsuspected ingredients in commercial foods, but that you also question and clarify the content of food being bought and eaten at restaurants.Dr. Jen Kim is here to discuss childhood allergies and the best ways to avoid those food that can make your child sick.

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