Nigerian Journal of Nutritional Sciences

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Adverse reactions to food: a synoptic review

R.A. Sanusi


Most of the studies and reports on adverse reactions to food come from the developed countries of the world, but there is abundant evidence that adverse reactions to food also occur in the developing countries. There are occasional life-threatening anaphylactic reactions to food which require previous knowledge and preparation to address such emergency. The prevalence of adverse reactions to food is not known for sure in Nigeria. There is also the confusion concerning terminology associated with adverse reactions to food which need a clarification. This short review brings together a condensed expert opinion on classification, definition and reactions to various foods. It also points out our gaps in knowledge about adverse food reaction especially in this era of new foods.

Keywords: Adverse food reaction, food allergy

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