Food allergies and food intolerance’s are similar in many ways, but they are not the same thing. Food allergies prompt responses from the immune system that can be severe and dangerous. Allergies are easier to recognise due to the suddenness of the reactions, even with just a small amount of food.
Food intolerance (sometimes called food sensitivities) don’t provoke an immune system reaction, and they tend to develop gradually or only after frequent or large amounts of the food item are eaten. The symptoms and health problems food intolerance’s produce vary widely and can be easily mistaken for other conditions, making them difficult to identify and diagnose.
A simple blood test is available to measure the reaction of body’s IgG antibodies to nearly 200 common food items known to cause food sensitivities. Test results are available within 5-7 days.