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Food Allergies Around the World [Slideshow]

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About 220 to 520 million people around the world live with food intolerances, according to the World Allergy Organization. While the verdict is still out as to why so many of us are sensitive to certain foods, we cannot ignore their existence. Recent research suggests a type of cell could be the culprit of our food allergies. However, more research is still needed to determine which allergies are triggered by environmental factors and which ones are genetics.

What’s true is that no matter where you go around the world, you’ll find people struggling with food allergies. Let’s explore the world through a food intolerance lens.

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In The US

The US is home to an estimated 26 million people or around 19 percent of U.S. adults suffering from some kind of food sensitivity. The most common allergies include:

  • Peanuts
  • Cow’s Milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Tree nuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Sesame
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In Canada

According to research, one in thirteen Canadians has a serious food allergy. Around 2.5 million Canadians suffer from food allergies, that’s about 7.5% of the population. Most common allergies in this region include:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Sesame
  • Sulfites
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In Mexico

The prevalence of food hypersensitivity in Mexico is around 2.7%, with almost 51% of patients being under five years old. The most frequent allergies include:

  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Shrimp
  • Beans
  • Soy
  • Chili
  • Strawberries
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In Chile

One study looked at years of reporting and found that nearly 58% of patients had a positive skin prick test response to various foods. The most common included:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Eggs
  • Beef
  • Seafood
  • Peanuts
  • Soy
  • Oranges
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In South Africa

While current data is not fully accurate, it’s estimated that about 6% of children and 4% of adults have some sort of food allergy. Most of the food sensitivity cases centering around:

  • Egg whites
  • Peanuts
  • Milk
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In the UK

The UK is the number one country when it comes to food sensitivity. Over 15% of children under 18 have some sort of food allergy. Most food allergies include:

  • Cereals
  • Crustaceans
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
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In Spain

Spain falls right behind the US in the prevalence of food sensitivities. Based on estimations, around 6-7% of children of all ages have one or more food allergies.

  • Fruits
  • Tree nuts
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In China

Surprisingly, China is one of the countries with less than 5% of food allergy cases. Those who suffer from food sensitivity would probably have one of the following:

  • Eggs
  • Cow’s milk
  • Shellfish
  • Peanuts
  • Buckwheat
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In Australia

When it comes to food allergies, Australia has the least of them. It’s estimated that only 1-2% of adults have one, and 4-8% of children under the age of 5 struggle with food sensitivity. The most common triggers of allergic reactions include:

  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Cow’s milk
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Sesame
  • Soy
  • Wheat
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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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