8 Most Common Food Intolerances You May Not Know You Have
Although many people use the words ‘allergy’ and ‘intolerance’ interchangeably in relation to food, there are differences between the two.
The symptoms of an allergy tend to come on quickly after eating a particular food, while those of an intolerance may not show up for several hours or days after consumption, making pinpointing the offending food difficult.
Food allergies also tend to be triggered by a small amount of food, and can be life-threatening. Those with intolerances may find they can consume certain amounts of the food without adverse reactions, only suffering side-effects once they reach a certain threshold. In addition, food intolerances are not life-threatening, although they can cause a huge array of uncomfortable symptoms, and have a big impact on the quality of life of the sufferer.
While allergic individuals can never reintroduce offending food items to their diet because their immune system will always respond in the same way, many people with food intolerance can enjoy moderate amounts of some foods in their diet after a period of elimination.
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