Food Intolerance v Food Allergy

The term ‘food intolerance’ and ‘food allergy’ are often confused and are two very different things. A genuine food allergy is relatively rare with only about 2% of the adult population affected. A food allergy is a swift response by the body’s immune system to a specific food which often results in an allergic reaction within minutes to two hours. This type of allergic reaction is commonly associated reactions to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs and seafood. ​ A food intolerance or sensitivity is different to a food allergy and whilst the symptoms can impact the person’s quality of life they are not life threatening. Food intolerances are much more common than food allergies. ​ What Is a Food Intolerance When foods and drinks are digested the proteins within them are broken down into smaller fragments for easy absorption into the body. Larger fragments can pass through without breaking down, and sometimes the body reacts by attacking them using antibodies called Immunoglobulin G’s (IgG). ​ When these trigger foods are eliminated clients report less bloating, reduced digestive pain, more energy, less allergies, reductions in weight and a better quality of life

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