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The Difference Between Food Allergies and Food Intolerance

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

It is time to revisit the difference between food allergies and food intolerance or sensitivies.  An allergic reaction to a food is severe, immediate, and can be life threatening.  While a food intolerance/sensitivity is not life threatening and can be ambiguous.  Food Intolerances can show up to three days later.  Food allergy reactions are many, the worst being anaphylactic shock, swollen tongue, problems with breathing, asthma, loss of consciousness,etc.  Food intolerance symptoms are many and can be difficult to recognize.  Visit my blog entitled: “The 35 Symptoms of Celiac Disease” dated April 23rd, 2011, for the unusual and unknown symptoms of gluten intolerance.  The symptoms can range from a rash, G.I. tract disturbances, to slight inflamation, slow growth, and many other symptoms.  Foods that cause food allergies are specific such as crustaceans, fish, and nuts; the worst being peanuts.  Just the oil from the peanut or the smell of the fish can cause a severe reaction.  Food intolerance foods are sometimes a mystery, however, gluten and dairy products are becoming well know as two foods that cause food intolerance. 

The word “Food Allergy” is used loosely by both the health professionals and lay persons.  It has made the communication and discussion of food allergies and food intolerance difficult.  Until another word is used to distingish between the two, lay people and health professionals will stubble along many times misundertanding each other.