Food Allergy or Food Intolerance - Which?

Many of us have reactions to food or other substances. These can range from mild to severe, even life-threatening. What many people refer to as an allergy is actually an intolerance. So how can we know if it is an food allergy or a food intolerance?

A true food allergy usually causes an immediate reaction, within 30 minutes to two hours. This reaction can be rashes, hives, wheezing, vomiting, swelling of the tongue and/or lips or in severe cases anaphylactic shock.  Simple allergy testing with a blood sample can test and confirm an allergy.  Food intolerance is more common, not life threatening and the reactions are less severe. Reactions can occur hours or even days after a certain food has been eaten. Symptoms can be rhinitis, asthma, eczema, itching, nausea, stomach cramps, bloating, wind, palpitations and many others. In fact food intolerance is responsible for many modern-day conditions & ill-health. Please read further...

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How can I find out if I have a food intolerance?

Identify the culprit(s). Either by Elimination and Challenge or food intolerance blood tests. A minority with extensive food reactions will always remain sensitive, then we offer desensitisation to improve their tolerance to these foods.
Read more: Food Intolerance & Dietary Tests

Shopping basketWe fill our shopping trolley with a huge variety of foods, if you study the contents we are frequently eating the same ingredients but in a variety of forms. We will have grains in our cereals, bread or croissant, as well as pasta, biscuits and cakes let alone wheat in many packaged and convenience foods. The same is true with dairies, hence they are amongst the most commonly identified foods we are intolerant too.

See Food Intolerance for further information