Food allergy is different from a food intolerance, even if they can cause the same symptoms.
“If you have a food allergy, even a tiny amount of the offending food can cause an immediate, severe reaction. Digestive signs and symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, cramping and diarrhea. Other signs and symptoms can include a tingling mouth, hives, and swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat. A life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis can cause breathing trouble and dangerously low blood pressure. If you have a food allergy, you’ll need to avoid the offending food entirely.” Source Mayo Clinic
“Food intolerance symptoms generally come on gradually and don’t involve an immune system reaction. If you have a food intolerance, you may be able to eat small amounts of the offending food without trouble. You may also be able to take steps that help prevent a reaction. For example, if you have lactose intolerance, you may be able to drink lactose-free milk or take lactase enzyme pills that aid digestion (such as Lactaid).” Source Mayo Clinic
There are 8 common allergies:
Other foods containing allergenic proteins include soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, fruits, vegetables, maize, spices, synthetic and natural colors, and chemical additives.
If you feel you have a food allergy, you must immediately go to a doctor to have some tests.
If you feel you have some intolerance, but you can’t figure out which one, here are some apps to help you:
Food Allergy Detective (Iphone)
Allergy Journal (Android)
Doc’s Diet (Android)
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