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The ultimate food allergy quiz – the answers

Thank you for taking our food allergy quiz. If you’d like to see where you need room for improvement, or proof of how clever you are, then this page is for you!
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Question 1.

What percentage of UK adults suffer from a food allergy?

  • 1 - 2% - correct answer

It’s thought that around 21 million adults in the UK suffer from an allergy, with 10 million of those affected by multiple allergies. Of these numbers, roughly 1-2% of adults have a food allergy.

Question 2.

“When it comes to fish, seafood and tree nuts, most people will grow out of these allergies in a few years”

  • False - correct answer

It’s highly unlikely that people will grow out of their allergies to fish, seafood and tree nuts.

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Question 3.

Is there a cure for food allergies?

  • No - correct answer

There is no current cure for food allergies or intolerance's. The only way to prevent the effects are to avoid eating food that you are allergic to.

Question 4.

Approximately how many children in the UK suffer from a food allergy?

  • 5 - 8% - correct answer

It’s believed that 5-8% of children in the UK have some form of food allergy, with 1 in 55 being allergic to peanuts.

Question 5.

How many people in the UK suffer from coeliac disease?

  • 1 in 100 - correct answer

Roughly 1 in 100 people in the UK are affected by coeliac disease, a lifelong condition that is caused by the immune system reacting to gluten.

Question 6.

If you have parents or a sibling with a food allergy, are you at higher risk of developing a food allergy or intolerance?

  • Yes - correct answer

It’s true that if one of your parents or siblings has an allergic condition, such as eczema, asthma or a food allergy, then you stand a higher chance of developing a food intolerance.

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Question 7.

"The majority of children can outgrow their allergies to milk, eggs, soya and wheat"

  • Yes - correct answer

In most cases children, by the age of 5, can outgrow these allergies due to their gut maturing or a change in their immune system’s reaction to that particular food.

Question 8.

Can food allergies be lethal?

  • Yes - correct answer

Allergies can be lethal as people can have a reaction called anaphylaxis where, if it isn’t treated immediately with an injection of adrenaline, the effects can be fatal.

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How did you do?

For further allergy awareness training, we offer an online food allergy awareness course. The course helps learners to identify the fourteen food allergens which must, by law, be recognised and understood by food handlers. You can also download our latest food hygiene posters.

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