Digestion

Food Allergies vs. Food Intolerance

Do you know the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance? A common
misconception people have is that they are one in the same but, food intolerance, also known as
food sensitivity, is usually digestive, and food allergies are an immune response. Someone with
food intolerance lacks enzymes that breakdown food and the result is gastrointestinal distress
like, bloating, cramping, or diarrhea. Whereas in food allergies, the body mistakes a particular
food for a harmful substance and defends itself by releasing a chemical called histamines that
cause reactions like; rashes, hives, and difficulty breathing. FARE (Food Allergy Research and
Education) reports approximately 32 million people in the United States have food allergies and
the prevalence among children has increased by 50 % and continuing to grow. Researchers are
unable to explain why these statistics are so drastic but knowing the difference between a food
allergy and food intolerance especially in foods containing dairy and gluten is critical in making
the right dietary choices that may help prevent unwanted or life-threatening symptoms.

Come to Millers on Digest Day, April 27 between 11:00 am – 4: OO pm to learn more about the
steps of digestion and check our web site throughout the month of April as we continue Our
Digestive Series.

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