Food Allergy versus Food Intolerance
"Around One or Two people out of every 100 in the UK have a food allergy, but many more people have food intolerances”
Here at Southport Slimming Clinic
together with Our Fantastic Laboratory that we have teamed up with. We Are Now Pleased To Announce That We Can Test For Intolerances.
Yet many people seem to be confused between the terms “Intolerance” and “Allergy”, so here is a brief explanation to separate the two.
What is a food intolerance?
Food intolerances are much more common than food allergies. The symptoms of food intolerances tend to come on more slowly, often many hours after eating the problem food. Typical symptoms include bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and constipation.
It’s possible to be intolerant to several different foods at once and this can make it difficult to identify which foods are causing the problem. The best way to solve this is to keep a food diary detailing what you have eaten and subsequently what symptoms you have had. By doing this for a few weeks you will be able to remove any offending items from your diet.
However, it's far easier & quicker to be tested, as food diaries can take time & how many of us will eat black pepper or dill or yeast to see if you have a reaction to these items & not eat/drink anything else within a several hour time peroid. . . None that I know! Yet, these are just some of the items that can trigger an intolerant reaction.
What is a food allergy?
A food allergy is a rapid and potentially dangerous response to a food by your immune system. It can trigger classic allergy symptoms such as a rash, wheezing and itching.
The most common food allergies among adults are fish, shellfish and nuts – including peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts. Children often have allergies to milk and eggs as well as to peanuts, other nuts and fish. Children can sometimes grow out of a milk allergy by the age of three but an allergy is usually a lifelong affliction that can only be controlled by removing this item you’re your diet.