When it comes to an individual’s unique biological makeup, a one-size-fits-all approach rarely works. For every person with an “iron-clad” stomach there’s another individual who can eat the same food and experience painful stomach problems, breathing issues or hives.
Food sensitivities can take the form of food allergies or food intolerances. A food allergy has the possibility to be more dangerous because of the potential life-threatening consequences, while a food intolerance will be more of a painful and unpleasant inconvenience.
A food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food. Some of these reactions have the potential to be life threatening in nature.
Signs of a food allergy can include, but are not limited to:
- Digestive problems
- Swollen airways
Source: Mayo Clinic
A food intolerance occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a certain food. This also has the potential to cause a detrimental reaction but it’s not life threatening.
Signs of a food intolerance can include, but are not limited to:
- Abdominal pain
- Intestinal gas
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