Professor Connie Katelaris, an allergy specialist at Sydney's Campbelltown Hospital has said that Australia has topped the list in food allergies as most people believe they are suffering from the same.
However statistics tell a different story. One in 10 Australians believe they have a food allergy, but just 1 to 2 per cent have a true allergy to some types of food.
Advertisement"What's more, these imagined food allergies are far more likely to be reported by women than by men," Professor Katelaris said at a meeting of dermatologists. "And food allergy is a diagnosis favoured by alternative practitioners, despite the lack of evidence showing that it is to blame."