There is a difference between a food reaction and food intolerance.
Food allergy is an immune response, while food intolerance is a chemical reaction. Food intolerance does not involve the immune system and does not cause severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).
Symptoms of food allergy include wheezing, stomach upsets and skin rashes. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction and can be life-threatening.
The symptoms of food allergy/food reaction can be life-threatening. Common symptoms include:
Various body parts affected by a food allergy, some of these include;
Causes of food allergy
Peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, wheat, sesame, fish, shellfish and soy cause about 90 per cent of food allergic reactions. Peanut allergy is one of the most common allergies in children today, approximately one in four children will outgrow peanut allergy.
Causes of food intolerance
The foods that tend to cause intolerance reactions in sensitive people include:
Avoiding the food
The easiest way to treat a food allergy or intolerance is to eliminate the offending food/s from the diet. Sometimes, the body can tolerate the food if it is avoided for a time, then reintroduced in small doses, particularly for food intolerances. Before you eliminate or reintroduce foods, It is best to seek advice from a specialist doctor and nutritionist.
Sarah Michelle Weir
Adv Dip Nutritional Medicine