Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free… these are all common dietary terms we hear on almost a daily basis But what exactly constitutes a true food allergy? And how is that different from a food sensitivity or food intolerance? Or could it just be a case of food poisoning? This is a question we hear frequently from patients at our East West Essentials‘ clinics and we decided to ask our own Dr. Wilson to explain so we can share this important information with you.
Why do many people think they have a food allergy when they don’t? Why do people immediately think they have a food intolerance when they may just have had food poisoning?
Confused? You are not alone! Hopefully, I can help.
I’m going to try and make this as simple as possible, give you a few road markers to identify the differences so you can assess your own situation and not misuse these terms. As I will explain, not knowing the difference could prove life threatening, place you in the hospital or subject you to misdirected treatments and tests. As always, be sure to consult with a doctor, dietician and/or nutritionist before you decide to self-diagnose!
With that all said, lets investigate each category separately:
Unfortunately, the term “allergy” is sometimes used to describe unpleasant experience such as gas, bloating or nausea that may accompany food sensitivities or food poisoning. A true food ALLERGY is Read More