Why your grandparents didn’t have food allergies…but you do


Did your grandparents have food allergies? Mine sure didn’t. A stark comparison to the growing epidemic of food allergies, worsening with every generation.  According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011 (1).

Although it can be argued that food allergy and/or food sensitivity testing wasn’t really around back in the day and that there was much less of a focus on these concerns as a whole, there is clearly an increase of documented food allergy cases happening today.

So what could be some of the reasons that your grandparents didn’t have food allergies?

It’s really quite simple…

7 Reasons Why Your Grandparents Didn’t Have Food Allergies

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1) They ate real seasonal food.

Food came from farms and small markets in the early 1900′s, and because food preservatives were not widely used yet, the food was fresh. Because of the lack of processed food, their diets were nutrient dense allowing them to get the nutrition they needed from their food.

For babies, breast milk was valued, and it was always in season.

2) They didn’t diet and play restrictive games with their body and metabolism. They ate food when food was available.

Our grandparents did not fall victim to fad diets, food marketing, calorie counting, and other detrimental dieting habits that are popular today (in part because the marketing infrastructure didn’t exist yet). Because of this they had a healthy metabolism and ate according to their body’s needs and cravings.

3) They cooked food at home, using traditional preparation methods from scratch.

Buying processed food was not an option, and eating out was a rare luxury. Lucky for our grandparents these habits actually increased their health.

4) They didn’t eat GMO’s, food additives, stabilizers, and thickeners.

The food was not yet treated with additives, antibiotics, and hormones to help preserve shelf life and pad the pockets of food producers in the early 1900′s at the expense of the consumer’s health.

5) They ate the whole animal that included mineral rich bone broths and organ meats.

Animal bones were saved or bought to make broths and soups, and organ meats always had a special place at the dinner table. These foods were valued for their medicinal properties, and never went to waste.

6) They didn’t go to the doctor when they felt sick or take prescription medications. Doctor visits were saved for accidental injuries and life-threatening illness.

When they got a fever, they waited it out. When they felt sick, they ate soups, broths and got lots of rest. They did not have their doctor or nurse on speed dial and trusted the body’s natural healing process a whole lot more than we do today. Their food was medicine, whether they realized it or not.

Try out this delicious and simple broth recipe – Homemade Bone Broth.

7) They spent lots of time outside.

Our grandparents didn’t have the choice to stay inside and play on their phones, computers, and gaming systems. They played on the original play-station:  bikes, swing sets, and good ol’ mother nature!

What Do These Things Have To Do With Food Allergies?

Nutrition affects EVERY cell in our body. The health of our cells is dependent on diet and lifestyle. Cells create tissues; tissues create organs,  and we are made up of a system of organs. If your nutrition is inadequate, the integrity of each cell, tissue, and organ in your body will suffer. Thus you may be MORE sensitive to certain foods.

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19 thoughts on “Why your grandparents didn’t have food allergies…but you do

  1. They also ate a lot of dirt. A deceptively simple conclusion but you will find a boatload of recent research on the gut biome and the natural source of which is healthy soil. Working in it or having microorganisms all over your produce are prime sources. Look at the “fecal transplants” conducted to inoculate diseased digestive tracts. My grandmother used to say “everyone eats a pound of dirt before they die” whenever anyone was too fussy cleaning up.

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    1. I am sorry to say that while we are living longer than our parents due to medical intervention (primarily pharmaceutical drugs), for the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children in America will have shorter life expectancies than their parents due to obesity related diseases such as: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, and cancer. 😦

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  6. Yes! Our grandparents didn’t by pass their bodies natural filtering systems and inject food into their bodies which creates immune responses to food proteins like peanuts, shellfish and other naturally occurring proteins…the chemical overload of our food today on top of this creates a ‘perfect storm’s where allergies are concerned…

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