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Is it a Food Allergy or a Food Intolerance? Here’s How to Spot the Difference

People are quick to eliminate certain foods from their diets, chalking every adverse reaction up to an allergy, but there’s a big difference between food allergies and food intolerances.

“Food allergies are real and they can be deadly,” says holistic nutritionist Tara Miller. “Food allergies will release IgE antibodies, which have an immediate effect and can lead to things like an anaphylactic shock. Whereas intolerances release IgG, which is more of an inflammation response.”

What’s a food allergy?

There are eight foods that account for 90 per cent of allergic reactions — peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, eggs, milk, wheat and soybeans — and their effects could cause rash or hives, nausea, cramps, diarrhea, chest pain and shortness of breath. In extreme cases, a person can go into anaphylactic shock, a serious and potentially fatal condition that causes a sudden drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness and body system failure.

 

Read more at: Global News