Jan 212016

Are food allergies on the increase and if so, why? Do some people believe they have an allergy when they don’t? Neil and Alice discuss how the food industry has responded to this growing fear of food and teach some related vocabulary.



Vocabulary and definitions

allergy – a condition that makes you feel ill after eating, touching or breathing in a particular substance
immune system – our body’s defences against infection and disease
switched off – (in this context) not working
colonise – live and grow in
get exposed to – (in this context) meet or encounter
sterile – completely clean with no bacteria
gluten – a protein found in wheat and some other grains
proven – tested or true
rickets – a disease caused by a lack of Vitamin D in the diet and affects bone development in children
malnourished – not having enough to eat or enough of the food you need to keep you in good health
nuts – crazy
anaphylaxis – a severe allergic reaction

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