Food intolerance and allergies

Such a great website!

“Food intolerance and allergies have different causes but similar symptoms. Here, we describe what causes these conditions and how they are diagnosed and treated.

The difference between food intolerance and food allergy

Food intolerance is an inability to properly digest certain types of foods, whereas food allergies are an immune systemreaction to eating a particular food.

Food intolerance

If your body can’t digest a particular type of food, this can make you feel unwell – this is food intolerance. Food intolerances are not usually life-threatening. However, it’s important to diagnose food intolerances in individuals to prevent long-term health problems.

Types of food intolerance

The common food intolerances are:

  • lactose (milk)
  • yeast
  • gluten (a protein in grains such as wheat, barley and oats)
  • sugar
  • Food allergy
  • Your immune system keeps you healthy by attacking and removing disease-causing organisms like bacteria or viruses. If you have a food allergy, your immune system mistakenly attacks a food substance. Fortunately, food allergies are rare (only 1–2% of the world’s population are affected).Any substance that causes an allergy is known as an allergen. Common food allergens include milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts), fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.”

They also recommend:

Useful links

  • Overview of food allergy
    A summary of food allergies from food The information is adapted from the research by Dr Clare Mills at the Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK. Link

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