Food Sensitivity Testing
There is a lot of confusion about the terms food intolerance and food allergy, and the differences between them. Many people speak about food allergy when their symptoms can sometimes indicate food intolerance instead. According to the leading medical charity Allergy UK, as many as 45% of the population suffer from food intolerance which, whilst not life threatening can make all aspects of life very uncomfortable for sufferers.
Food allergy is different from food intolerance in that it is a rapid response by the body’s immune system to a particular food. In this type of reaction, the body’s immune system mistakes a food for an ‘invader’ often resulting in a rapid allergic reaction within minutes. This type of allergic reaction is commonly associated with nut and seafood allergies.
Symptoms of food intolerance
Food intolerance is a condition with a mixture of symptoms and can be difficult to recognise and diagnose. On average people who suffer with food intolerance usually have between 4 and 8 trigger foods. Symptoms of food intolerance can take up to 72 hours to present after eating the trigger food or group of foods. Those affected often suffer for years without knowing the proper steps to take, unable to enjoy normal life and activities and in some cases, unable to work.