June 24, 2011

Children’s Food Allergies on the Rise

According to studies conducted by Pediatrics journal, children’s food allergies are now more common and more severe. Today, food allergies affect 1 in 12 youngsters in the U.S.–that’s nearly 6 million children nationwide–an average of two children per classroom!

Dr. Ruchi Crupta, a pediatrician and researcher at Children’s Memorial Hospital, told reporters that the allergies have increased over the past 20-30 years. They are “partially genetic and partially environmental” and may be the result of two theories: an over-sanitized environment and pesticides on food.

What’s your stance? Are pesticides and over sanitation to blame? Or is it just genetic?

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