Pesticides in Tap Water Linked to Food Allergies

As food allergies become increasingly common, a new study offers proof that they may be linked to pesticides found in tap water.

Researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology used existing government data and found High levels of dichlorophenols, a chemical used in pesticides and to chlorinate water, when found in the human body, are associated with food allergies.

Our research shows that high levels of dichlorophenol-containing pesticides can possibly weaken food tolerance  in some people, causing food allergy,” said allergist Elina Jerschow, M.D., M.Sc, . ACAAI fellow and lead study  author. “This chemical is commonly found in pesticides used by farmers and consumer insect and weed control products, as well as tap water.”

“Previous studies have shown that both food allergies and environmental pollution are increasing in the U.S.,” said Dr. Jerschow. “The results of our study suggest these two trends might be linked, and that increased use of pesticides and other chemicals is associated with a higher prevalence of food allergies.”

 

 

 

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