Good diets are important for people with food allergies and food intolerances
The Difference Between Food Allergies and Food Intolerances: It is a common mistake to confuse food intolerances with food allergies. If a certain type of food causes unpleasant symptoms, this does not necessarily mean that you have an allergy to that food.
Most symptoms related to eating specific foods are completely unrelated to underlying issues that cause food allergies. That said, it is important to address either an allergy or intolerance if you notice symptoms after eating certain types of food.
First, you should determine whether your symptoms are related to an allergic reaction or to a level of intolerance to a specific type of food. Allergies to foods cause immunologic reactions. If it is found that you do have a true allergy to a certain type of food, such as dairy or peanuts, it is important to carefully avoid these foods at all times since reactions can vary and, in some cases, can cause serious, life-threatening reactions.
Intolerances to foods cause an abnormal response to specific foods. Food intolerances are much more common than food allergies. According to MedicineNet.com, an estimated 3 percent of adults and 6-8 percent of children have true allergies to food. In contrast, adverse reactions to foods that are caused by intolerances and not allergies are much more prevalent.
The methods used to prevent symptoms caused by either allergies or intolerances to certain foods are usually quite similar. However, individuals with food allergies must be even more vigilant about the ingredients in their meals or with ingredients that they come in contact with. For example, people with severe peanut allergies may have a reaction simply by touching a food item that contains nuts. This is why it is so important to talk with your doctor about any symptoms you experience after eating dairy, nuts, wheat, or any other foods that may be causing your symptoms.
If you have questions about treating food allergies and intolerances contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dietitian and nutritionist.