A dairy allergy is “bewitching” for people who have never experienced it, says a new study.
Key points: A new study has found a significant increase in the number of people who are allergic to dairy products in the last 20 yearsThe study found a large increase in dairy products being found in children’s milk and dairy products The study looked at the children of people with and without dairy allergies over the last 40 yearsThe “fear” of dairy products can “undermine” people’s health, the study saysA new study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases has found “significant increases” in the numbers of people reporting a dairy allergy in the past 20 years.
“We can’t say that we’ve eliminated dairy allergies from the Australian population, but it’s not surprising to us that there are more people reporting that they’re allergic to some dairy products,” Professor Alan Wood from the University of New South Wales’ Faculty of Pharmacy said.
“The fear of dairy may be a bit more bewildingly for people than we might have expected.”‘
I am afraid of dairy’Dr Wood said that while dairy products had long been a part of the Australian diet, he was “very surprised” at how common the allergy was.
“I think there are a lot of people in Australia who are concerned about their dairy intake, but the fear of the dairy product is really bewitching for a lot more people,” he said.’
It’s a very dangerous thing’Dr John Kelleher, a gastroenterologist and co-author of the study, said dairy products could trigger an allergic reaction.
“It’s not a very pleasant thing to do to your body, but you’re actually not really doing anything harmful,” he told RN Breakfast.
“If you’re eating a diet that’s high in fibre, then you’re not putting much stress on the digestive system, so you’re basically not causing any adverse effects to the system.”
Dr Kelleer said that a dairy reaction was more likely to occur when the person ate the same food twice.
“There are a number of different things that could be causing a reaction,” he explained.
“So if you eat the same dairy product twice, that’s the first time you’re likely to react, but that’s probably the first thing that you’d expect to occur.”
Dr Wood suggested people who were experiencing symptoms like vomiting and diarrhoea could also be at risk of an allergic response.
“A number of studies have found that dairy is an allergen, but what’s important is that the food is very low in fat and that there’s a lot less dairy,” he added.
“That’s probably why there’s less of a reaction to dairy compared to some other food.”
The study was conducted by researchers from the School of Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Albany and the University College, London, in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Dr Wood also said it was important for people with allergies to know about the food they are eating.
“You need to understand that the foods you’re ingesting are a bit different from the food you’re allergic towards,” he suggested.
“But you’re probably eating the same type of dairy as someone who’s not allergic to milk.”