The Checkup: Are Hypoallergenic Dogs a Myth?

Plus: Why so many tomatoes are flavorless, and the secret to getting kids to eat healthy (you’ll never guess!).

• Sorry, allergy-ridden dog lovers—I’ve got some bad news for you. A new study out of the Netherlands found that the notion of hypoallergenic dogs—ones that don’t trigger allergies in humans—might be bunk. Researchers tested coat and hair samples of 200 supposedly hypoallergenic dogs, along with 160 standard ones. According to Reuters, they “found higher levels of the Can f 1 allergen, one of the proteins that cause dog allergies, in the hypoallergenic group, with Poodles and Labradoodles leading the pack in allergen levels.” The levels were high enough to trigger asthma and allergies in humans. Makes you wonder, no? Read more about the study here.

• ‘Tis the season for Jersey tomatoes! Just make sure you get the ones with green “shoulders,” as new research found they have more taste. Here’s why.

• The secret to getting kids to eat healthy at school: Don’t give them unhealthy options. Rocket science, I tell ya …

Around The Web


Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.