Is it possible some of your readers suffer from food intolerance? Food Allergy and Intolerance Week might be a good time to find out!
Food allergies and intolerances are becoming increasingly common. But what is a food intolerance and how does it differ from a food allergy?
A classic food allergy only affects around 2% of the population but symptoms can be severe and sudden. In contrast, food intolerances are much more common and may occur when certain antibodies (known as IgG) are triggered, as the result of a reaction to specific foods.
Almost any food can cause a reaction but foods eaten most regularly are often the chief culprits – typically, wheat and dairy products, closely followed by other gluten grains, eggs and yeast. Symptoms may be delayed for hours or even days after eating the food, making it very difficult to pinpoint the culprit. Having several intolerances further confounds the situation! But, don’t worry, help is at...