FOOD allergies and intolerances seem very common, but new research finds the number of people diagnosed is few, and the most common type is not what you’d think.
New research has investigated how common food allergies actually are, and which is the most common.
The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, discovered that only 3.6 per cent of people had a documented food allergy.
In the UK, the Food Standards Agency currently estimates allergy and intolerance levels as two per cent of adults and eight per cent of children.
But interestingly, the most common food allergy is not gluten, milk or nuts - but shellfish.
They also found that the highest rates were among females and Asian people.
In the study, the researchers looked at the medical records of 2.7 million patients.
Li Zhou, MD, PhD, of the Division of General Medicine Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, United States, said: "Recent reports suggest that food allergies are on the rise.”