An allergy is when a food actually induces an immediate immune response such as swelling in the lips, tongue, or palate or even problems breathing as can be seen in Anaphalaxis. An intolerance on the other hand, is where there is a biochemical or physiological reaction that occurs in the body in response to a food. This response is generally dose dependent, with symptoms taking up to 48 hours to show. Intolerances are often due to components of foods such as proteins (wheat, dairy, soy), salicylates, amines or glutamates, FODMAP sensitivities, or due to food processing additives such as benzoates, sulphites or MSG.
If you suffer from either an allergy or intolerance including malabsorption issues, it is important to understand fully how avoiding or limiting any food can affect the nutritionally adequacy of an overall diet, for this reason it may be a good idea to talk to our Dietitians who can advise how to identify the food/s causing the issue, make the most of what you can eat, how to best avoid foods that may cause issues for you, and what to do to stress less and enjoy foods more by understanding the options available to you to avoid discomfort. In the case of an intolerance it may be as simple as working out what your thresholds are.
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