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What is the difference between a Food Allergy and a Food Intolerance?
The symptoms of food allergy occur quickly, usually within one hour. The reaction is obvious and may be quite severe. True allergies (like peanut allergies in children), which are associated with IgE antibodies, are suspected to affect only a small percentage of the population. Symptoms usually involve swelling of the lips and throat; breathing difficulties; skin rashes; severe pain; vomiting or diarrhea. Your medical doctor or an allergist will test for these type of IgE reactions.
Food sensitivities or intolerances are IgG antibodies type of reactions. They affect many more people and can develop at any time during your life. Unlike food allergies, symptoms may be delayed for hours, days or even months after the exposure, making diagnosis more difficult without the blood test. So by the time you feel the pain, headache or get that awful rash, it could be a reaction from something you ate even 3 days ago. The more common food intolerances include: sugar, dairy, gluten, peanuts, eggs, soy, and citrus. However, this does not mean you will for sure be intolerant to all these foods and in addition, there is the possibility of being intolerant to a food less common such as garlic, potato, kidney beans, etc.
Testing is the by far the best method of assessing what is the best diet for you if you have signs and symptoms of inflammation in your body.