Monday, May 17, 2010

Food Allergy Quiz Answers

Last time I asked you five questions to test your knowledge of food allergies. In case you missed it, here are the questions and answers:

1. If you experience gas or cramps from milk, bran, or broccoli, you’re probably allergic to them.
False. These are common signs of a food intolerance resulting from digestive problems such as a lack of certain enzymes or difficulty processing some substances such as fiber or sulfites. With an allergy, the immune system treats certain food proteins as invaders.

2. If you find lactose or high-fiber foods difficult to digest, you should avoid them altogether.
False. Often these foods can be tolerated in small quantities while gradually increasing the amount consumed.

3.You can experience harmful reactions to wheat and not even realize it.
True. Celiac disease strikes about 1 out of 130 people, a cross between an intolerance and an allergy to the gluten in wheat. Many who have the disease have no recognizable symptoms other than nutrient deficiencies.

4. The greatest food allergy risks are from seafoods, not nuts.
True. Seafood allergies are twice as common as nuts or peanut allergies and can be very serious. See your doctor if you have a reaction after eating seafood, even if you’ve never had a problem before.

5. Products labeled as “manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts” are just as risky as those labeled “may contain peanuts.”
True. Manufacturers can use either phrase, so if you have an allergy, avoid foods with either label.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health November 2007

If you find yourself experiencing discomfort and various symptoms after eating, keep a journal of exactly what you eat, how much and when. Look for patterns and try to isolate the source by combining fewer foods. Consult your doctor if serious discomfort occurs or for help in determining the cause (and remedy) of such symptoms. Gas, bloating, nausea and other forms of digestive distress are not normal, so don’t dismiss them. Nurture your body today!

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