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About 20 percent of Americans say that they have food allergies or sensitivities, but only about 3 or 4 percent actually do have them, according to The Washington Post.
Officials at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, contacted as part of the Post‘s consumer report, concede that the amount of Americans with milder reactions to certain foods is higher than 4 percent, but that a lot of people don’t actually have any intolerance whatsoever.
Turns out that a lot of times, people think they have allergies, but their “reactions” might be symptoms of another condition, the Post says.
The amount of people with real life-threatening food allergies, however, appears to be on the rise, and docs don’t know why.