Food intolerances may appear similar to food allergies, but they are different. A food allergy causes an immune system response, which can sometimes be severe or even life-threatening. A food intolerance, on the other hand, is typically less serious and involves some unpleasant digestive symptoms after the consumption of triggering foods.
Most of the time, when the body has a negative physical reaction to food, it is because of a food intolerance, rather than an allergy. In some cases, you may be able to consume small quantities of a triggering food without showing symptoms of food intolerance.
- “After eating some processed foods, I become extremely bloated and gassy, and I get cramps in my stomach.”
- “I have had to stop eating dairy products like cheese and ice cream, because when I do, I develop diarrhea, stomach pain, and heartburn.”
- “When I consume wine, I feel nauseous, and I get a headache pretty quickly afterward.”