- Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction lands someone in an emergency room.
- Of food-allergic children, peanut is the most prevalent allergen.
- Peanut and tree nut allergies tend to develop in childhood and not go away. In the U.S., approximately three million people report allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Studies show that the number of peanut-allergic children tripled between 1997 and 2008.
- According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, approximately 2% of the population is allergic to peanuts.
- Peanut allergies are estimated to affect approximately 400,000 school-aged children in the United States and are the most common cause of food-related death.
- According to a recent study, the number of children in the United States with self-reported tree nut allergy increased 500%.
This data is for the U.S. only. Consider that nut allergies are on the rise in high-GDP countries around the globe, and it’s clear that the market need for 100% nut-free products is tremendous, not only due to direct physical results but also due to overall quality of life, as nut allergies affect both the individual and the communities in which we live, work, play, and learn.