Food sensitivities and allergies affect not only millions of people, but millions of pets too. The similarities don’t end there; a new study suggests that humans and other mammals share many of the same triggers and symptoms when it comes to food.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, examined food allergies across a range of species including dogs, cats, and horses. Our existing understanding of food allergies in humans and animals is wide but only overlaps in certain areas. Where those overlaps exist, researchers discovered that humans and animals shared many of the same triggers and reactions. However, the researchers acknowledge that since many gaps remain in our understanding of food allergies in humans and animals, there may still be differences that have yet to be discovered.
As researchers continue to discover similarities in food allergies across species, they may be able to use that data to produce diagnostic tools and treatments for people and other mammals alike.