According to an alarming study released this year by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there has been a significant increase in the number of children ages 17 and under who have developed food allergies. And when measured against respiratory allergies, the news is not encouraging: Food allergies in children are unfortunately increasing with 1 in every 20 children showing allergic reaction, while respiratory allergies remain stable.
Additionally, survey results from a national PTA study of 3,600 parents and teachers reinforce how concerned parents are about exposure to foods in school that may cause an allergic reaction in their child. In fact, two out of every three parents state that their child has a classmate or friend with food allergies. And peanuts may no longer have to hide in their shells, as parents say that gluten is now the number one ingredient of concern. 43-percent of parents say gluten in foods would be much more difficult for them to monitor and manage in their child’s diet, compared to only 19-percent who say peanuts are the problem.