Most people don’t remember their grandparents and the grandparents of their friends complaining about allergies in the same way we do today. The epidemic of food allergies has gotten worse through each generation. And based on a study published in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children rose around 50% between 1997 and 2011!
Many argue that food allergy or food sensitivity testing was not frequent in the past and that fewer people concerned themselves with these issues as they do today. That could be the case, but it most likely is not.
Here are some of the reasons why your grandparents didn’t have food allergies, but you do:
1. Home Cooked Meals
It was a norm to cook at home, making recipes from scratch. To eat processed food was seldom an option, and eating at the local restaurant was a rare luxury. Lucky for our grandparents these simple habits increased their health too.
2. Everything Was Edible
It was normal to eat the entire animal, including mineral-rich bone broths and organ meats. Animal bones were gathered or bought to make soups and broths, and organ meats always had a place at the dinner table. These foods were appreciated for their medicinal properties and never went to waste.
3. Seasonal Food
In the early 1900s, food came from farms and small markets. Food preservatives were less used, which resulted in fresher food products. As there was hardly any processed food available, their diets were based on real seasonal foods, which allowed them to get all the vitamins and minerals they required from their food. Babies used to drink breast milk, too, which was always in season.
4. Fewer Fad Diets
Back then, our grandparents did not play restrictive games with their body and metabolism. They ate what was available to them. It did not have so many fad diets, calorie counting, food marketing, and other damaging dieting habits that are common today. Due to this, they had a healthy metabolism and ate based on their body’s needs and cravings.
5. No GMOs
They didn’t eat GMO’s, food additives, stabilizers, and thickeners.
The food was not treated with antibiotics, additives, and hormones. These additives allow food to last longer on shelves (which helps corporations make more money), but it does nothing good for our health.
6. Spend Outdoor Time
Spending time outside in parks and nature was a must do in the past. Our grandparents did not have video games, smartphones, and computers, so they need to socialize and go out to parks for entertainment. They used to bike, swim, and enjoy nature much more than we do today, which made them more in touch and immune to seasonal changes.
7. Fewer Doctors Visits
Another interesting fact is that it was not common to visit the doctor every time we felt sick and get prescribed medications. Doctor visits were only for accidental injuries and life-threatening illness.
When they felt sick, they ate broths, soups, and got lots of rest. When they felt the onset of a fever, they battled it out. They believed in their body’s natural healing process more than we do today. Food was medicine for then, whether they recognized it or not.
Try out this delicious and simple broth recipe – Homemade Bone Broth.
So What Do These Things Have To Do With Food Allergies?
Nutrition affects every cell in your body. The health of your cells depends on your diet and lifestyle. Cells are responsible for creating tissues and tissues to form organs. We are made up of a system of organs. If your diet is weak, the integrity of each cell, tissue, and organ in your body will suffer. Thus you become more sensitive to certain foods and find yourself with allergies.