Saturday, July 23, 2011

How to differentiate between Food allergies and Food intolerances

Food intolerances can sometimes be mistaken for food allergies. How do we differentiate between the two? Dr. Albert Missbichler, one of the world’s leading experts on food intolerance, explains that food allergy is an abnormal reaction to certain food proteins, usually triggered by the body's immune system. Food allergy can cause serious illness and, in some cases, death. On the other hand, food intolerance is a delayed, negative reaction to a food, beverage or food additive usually due to insufficient levels of a specific enzyme in the body.

So, how can you tell the difference? According to Dr. Missbichler, "The question is: When do symptoms occur? If they are present within five minutes, it is an allergy. If they present after half an hour or later, it is food intolerance. In addition, allergy reactions do not depend on the amount of food you take, whereas food intolerance worsens as you consume more and more of the offending food."

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