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Last Updated: Friday October 07 2005 18:27 GMT

Kids 'mistaken over food allergy'

Kids eating dinner
Many kids who think they have allergies to certain foods are actually fine to eat what they've been avoiding, according to a study.

More than 1,400 11-year-olds and 15-year-olds were tested in the study for the University of Portsmouth.

Around 12% of kids claimed to have a bad reaction to some foods, but further investigations revealed that, in fact, only 2% of them were affected.

Peanuts, dairy products, wheat and fish were among the foods being avoided.

A total of 16% of the 11-year-olds and almost 19% of the 15-year-olds admitted they steered cleared of some foods.

Some said they didn't have a problem with the foods, but chose not to eat them anyway.

A spokesman for Allergy UK said: "Whilst we want them to be aware, we don't want them to restrict their diets."

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