For Xaviar Peterson, eating lunch at the school cafeteria, at a friend’s house, or in a restaurant, can be extremely dangerous. There’s a long list of foods—from peanuts, to shellfish, to sesame—that could quickly send him into life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. He’s one of up to 15 million Americans who suffer from food allergies. And though the statistics continue to rise, there is still no cure.
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See how Xaviar, with the help of his mom Anastasia, learns to protect himself against the very real threats of food allergies, while still trying to live a normal life.
To learn more about families coping with food allergies and some theories as to why so many are afflicted, read more here: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/people-and-culture/food/the-plate/2016/06/science-can_t-fully-explain-food-allergies–but-many-people-just
PRODUCERS: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo and Becky Harlan
EDITOR: Becky Harlan
SPECIAL THANKS: Anastasia Kim and Mary Lindauer
MUSIC: Dan Phillipson
When Food Can Kill You: Coping With Severe Food Allergies | National Geographic