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Monday, March 16, 2009
From the Headlines: Kids Overdiagnosed with Food Allergies
I'm sure many of you may have heard about this study that was recently publicized about children being misdiagnosed with food allergies. I'm not a nutrition expert, but I found these results pretty surprising. This study showed that as many as 50% of kids were misdiagnosed with food allergies. It turns out that they really could eat many of the foods they had previously been told they could not. What scientists are finding is that blood testing alone may not be the best tool for diagnosing food allergies and that other tests (what they call "food challenge" tests) may be more accurate. Imagine the relief in finding out that your child is not allergic to common foods like wheat, milk, or eggs.