Food Allergies and Sensitivities

Your Questions Answered

by Alice C. Richer


An estimated 15 million Americans have a true food allergy, and many more have a food sensitivity.

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January 2019


Pages 129
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Health & Wellness/Fitness, Nutrition, and Healthy Living
  Current Events and Issues/Health and Medicine

This book provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the topic of food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances—unique but related conditions that affect many children and adults. The information, guidance, and resources it offers make it a valuable tool for anyone who struggles with negative reactions after eating certain foods.

While many people think that any negative reaction after eating a food indicates an allergy, that's not the case. True food allergies, along with more common food intolerances and sensitivities, can produce a wide range of symptoms, from unpleasant bloating to life-threatening anaphylactic shock. What causes these conditions, and how can they be treated or managed? Why are certain foods, like peanuts and milk, more problematic than others? Why are food allergies on the rise, and is this only a problem in the industrialized world?

Food Allergies and Sensitivities: Your Questions Answered, a part of Greenwood's Q&A Health Guides series, answers these and other questions related to this fascinating topic. Each book in this series follows a reader-friendly question-and-answer format that anticipates readers' needs and concerns. Prevalent myths and misconceptions are identified and dispelled, and a collection of case studies illustrates key concepts and issues through relatable stories and insightful recommendations. The book also includes a section on health literacy, equipping teens and young adults with practical tools and strategies for finding, evaluating, and using credible sources of health information both on and off the internet—important skills that contribute to a lifetime of healthy decision-making.


    Makes the subject accessible to readers by means of a simple Q&A formatHelps readers hone their research and critical thinking skills in a Guide to Health Literacy sectionProvides real-world examples of concepts discussed in the book through case studiesDispels popular misconceptions in a Common Myths section and directs readers towards accurate information Points readers towards additional books, organizations, and websites for further study and research in an annotated directory of resources
Series Description

Q&A Health Guides

All of us have questions about our health. Is this normal? Should I be doing something differently? Whom should I talk to about my concerns?

Greenwood's Q&A Health Guides series addresses the questions and concerns of young readers on a wide variety of physical and mental health topics in an authoritative yet still accessible way. Each title follows a simple question-and-answer format that makes finding accurate information fast and easy. A collection of engaging case studies offers real-world insights, while a guide to common myths and misconceptions dispels the most pervasive and potentially dangerous misinformation about a topic. Each volume is rounded out with a primer on health literacy to equip readers with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need for a lifetime of healthy living.

Author Info

Alice C. Richer, RD, MBA, LD, is a registered and licensed dietitian, advanced certified functional nutritionist, and certified medical writer who has been helping patients to improve their nutrition habits and overall wellness for more than 25 years. She has authored several books and is coauthor of Understanding the Antioxidant Controversy, which was awarded the 2008 Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication. She received her bachelor of science from the University of Rhode Island and her masters of business administration from Boston College, and completed her dietetic internship at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

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