Ranging from itchiness and hives, to gasping and possibly Anaphylaxis, (a rapidly progressing and life-threatening allergic reaction requiring immediate first aid treatment, with an EpiPen adrenaline injection), the estimated 15 million Americans who have food allergies, is on the rise.
Clearly, what you enjoy eating can be bad for you, or even downright dangerous. This is particularly significant for the 5.9 million children under the age of 18. That’s 1 in 13 children, or two in every classroom who suffer from allergic reactions to over 170 foods.
Eight major food allergens – milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish and sesame –cover most of the serious food allergy reactions in the US, with trends similar in the Middle East.
Whilst food allergies pose true risks, there’s a big gap between what some perceive as a food allergy and what is clinically considered a true allergy. Determining whether you have food intolerances or allergies can be confusing as symptoms often overlap. However, when it is an allergy, even small amounts yield symptoms, as with peanuts for instance. Whereas, with food intolerance, tiny amounts are usually innocuous.
Food Intolerance vs. Food Allergy
Unlike an allergy, intolerance to foods is manifested less instantaneously and is non-life threatening. Also known as non-IgE mediated food hypersensitivity or non-allergic food hypersensitivity, it refers to difficulty in digesting certain foods. Food allergies trigger the immune system, while food intolerance does not. However this does not mean that they do not cause problems, food intolerances can cause misery.
Was it that bowl of spaghetti, or that omelette or even that custard pudding triggering discomfort? It’s difficult for sufferers to decipher a given food intolerance as onset typically occurs hours after ingesting the offending food or compound and may persist for several hours or days. Food intolerance symptoms usually take time to emerge, compared to food allergies. In some cases, symptoms may take 48 hours to manifest.
Foods most commonly associated with food intolerance include dairy products, grains that contain gluten, and foods that cause intestinal gas build-up, like beans and cabbage.
This is What Food Intolerance Looks Like
Bloating, migraines, headaches, cough, runny nose, stomach ache, irritable bowel and even depression; what’s frustrating about food intolerance is that some struggle with several groups of foods, making it harder to determine whether it might be a chronic illness or food intolerance. Identifying which foods are the culprits used to take a long time. That was then, this is now…
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