Food is Not the Enemy
In the United States, we’ve grown accustomed to a diet that’s a little different than our parents’ or grandparents’ or grandmothers.
It’s not like the kind of meat and dairy-rich diet you’d find in Scandinavia, or even in parts of China.
The food in this country, which is often thought of as a diet for the wealthy, has been mostly vegan, according to the Institute of Medicine.
“The food that is available in the U.S. is not the diet of the average American,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, a professor of medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health.
So, as the country struggles with rising health costs, it’s worth thinking about what the foods we eat might be doing to us.
Food allergies and autoimmune diseases Many of us have been told over and over again that eating foods with gluten and/or dairy products causes allergies and autoimmunity.
There’s some evidence to suggest that this may be true.
The American Medical Association (AMA) has issued guidelines to help physicians identify food allergens and foods that may cause allergies.
The guidelines recommend that doctors evaluate patients’ allergies, and that the patient’s symptoms be assessed and managed, as part of a personalized dietary plan.
But the AMA says that most patients who have food allergies and asthma have no specific food allergies.
“It is likely that the majority of people who have allergies are not allergic to any particular food,” Dr. Hyman says.
“And a large majority of asthma patients do not have any specific food sensitivities.”
Food allergies aren’t limited to the foods you eat.
A recent study from Harvard University found that nearly half of all Americans have some sort of food allergy.
The majority of Americans have food sensitivity to some degree, says Dr