What’s the difference between a food intolerance and food allergy?
Food intolerance is a digestive system response. It is a metabolic disorder caused by a reaction to a food as a result of a faulty metabolism which can interfere with digestion. People with food intolerance may not have symptoms unless they eat a large portion of the food or eat the food frequently. A few of the many symptoms include nausea, stomach pain, gas, cramps, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, and headaches.
A food allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly believes that a food is harmful. Food allergies can be triggered by even a small amount of the food and can occur every time the food is consumed. Symptoms include rash, hives, nausea, diarrhea, itchy skin, shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling of airways to lungs.
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Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
New Information on Food Labels
As of January 1, 2006 food labels are required to include a statement that food contains or was processed on equipment that also processes foods containing the top eight allergens. These allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, milk, eggs, soy, and wheat.
What’s for Dinner?
Restaurants are not required to provide allergy information about their menu items. Baked and broiled items and single food items are better choices than items with many ingredients. Avoid creams, dressings, sauces and toppings. Avoid salad bars and buffet lines. Serving utensils are often used interchangeably in these serving situations.