Food Sensitivities

What is a
Food Sensitivity?

A food sensitivity isn't like a traditional food allergy—instead, it's an unpleasant reaction to food that doesn't involve an immune system response or the release of histamine (the chemical that causes true allergy symptoms).

Food Sensitivity or
Food Allergy?

Physical reactions to certain foods are common, but most are caused by a food sensitivity rather than a food allergy. A food sensitivity can cause some of the same signs and symptoms as a food allergy, so people often confuse the two.

Will I need to avoid
certain foods?

If you have a food sensitivity, you may be able to eat small amounts of the offending food without trouble.

You may also be able to prevent a reaction with the assistance of products designed to support digestion.

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Causes of food sensitivity include:

  • Absence of an enzyme needed to fully digest a food. Lactose intolerance is a common example.

  • Irritable bowel syndrome. This chronic condition can cause cramping, constipation and diarrhoea.

  • Sensitivity to food additives. For example, sulfites used to preserve dried fruit, canned goods and wine can trigger asthma attacks in sensitive people.

  • Recurring stress or psychological factors. Sometimes the mere thought of a food may make you sick. The reason is not fully understood.

  • Celiac disease. Celiac disease has some features of a true food allergy because it involves the immune system. However, symptoms are mostly gastrointestinal, and people with celiac disease are not at risk of anaphylaxis. This chronic digestive condition is triggered by eating gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains.

If you have a reaction after eating a particular food a food sensitivity test can help indicate the foods that are the cause of your problem and can help indicate steps to aid digestion of certain foods or to treat the underlying condition causing your reaction.

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How common are food allergies and sensitivities?

Food allergies affect about 1 percent of adults and 7 percent of children, although some children outgrow their allergies.

 

Food sensitivities are much more common. In fact, nearly everyone at one time has had an unpleasant reaction to something they ate.

 

Some people have specific food sensitivities, for instance lactose intolerance,  which is the most common specific food sensitivity.

What are the symptoms of food sensitivity?

Symptoms of food sensitivity include:

  • Nausea

  • Stomach pain

  • Gas, cramps or bloating

  • Vomiting

  • Heartburn

  • Diarrhoea

  • Headaches

  • Irritability or nervousness

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Coping with a food sensitivity:

If you have not yet determined whether you have a food sensitivity or allergy, it is best to seek help because the signs and symptoms often overlap.

Certain patterns in the symptoms can help distinguish between the two. In the vast majority of cases, food sensitivity symptoms take much longer to appear than food allergies.

It is advisable to keep a diary and write down which foods are eaten, what the symptoms were like, and when they appeared. The data in the diary can help to identify which foods are causing adverse reactions, and what steps to take.

If you have a reaction after eating a particular food a food sensitivity test can help indicate the foods that are the cause of your problem and can help indicate steps to aid digestion of certain foods or to treat the underlying condition causing your reaction.

If you have a food sensitivity, you may be able to eat small amounts of the offending food without trouble. You may also be able to prevent a reaction.

 

For example, if you have lactose intolerance, you may be able to drink lactose-free milk or take lactase enzyme pills (Lactaid) to aid digestion.

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