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What Causes The Allergy From Junk Food

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August 2, 2016


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These days’ people are moving more and more towards junk foods without even knowing its disadvantages. Processed foods in general can contribute to allergies for a number of different reasons. Most processed foods contain a variety of food colorings, flavors, preservatives, and other additives can have a major impact. In the mid-1990′s, new food proteins were engineered and introduced into our food supply, yet many people are still, to this day, clueless about this. As O’Brien states, it was clearly done to maximize profitability for the food industry, yet NO human trials were ever conducted to see if these genetically engineered proteins were actually safe for animal- and human consumption. One of the first foods to undergo this change was milk, which incidentally is also the number one food allergen in the US.

In 1994, the dairy industry started using a genetically engineered growth hormone, rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) on cows in order to increase milk production. However, it resulted in higher rates of disease in the treated livestock. To counteract the ill effects, dairies also had to start using more antibiotics, which we now know is one of the driving factors behind the rise in antibiotic-resistant superbugs in humans. While Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and 27 countries in Europe refused to use rBGH due to the fact that it had not been proven safe, the United States took the opposite stance, and basically decided that since it hadn’t been proven dangerous, it would be allowed. Another common ingredient in processed food is soy, which is also one of the top eight food allergens.  And again, we see the presence of something “foreign” as the vast majority of soy now grown in the US is genetically engineered to withstand massive doses of weed killer.

Paradoxically, the foods you crave are oftentimes the foods that cause you the most trouble, so that’s a good place to start. Common food cravings are milk, ice cream, pasta or bread. Other questions that can help you determine whether or not you might have a food sensitivity or allergy are:

•Do you experience bloating after meals, gas, frequent belching, or any kind of digestive problems?

•Do you have chronic constipation or diarrhea?

•Do you have a stuffy nose after meals?

•Do you have low energy or feel drowsy after eating?

•Do you have frequent headaches or migraines?

•Does anyone in your family have food allergies?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may want to investigate further. For more information, visit Allergy Partners in Rockville MD.

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