It is suggested that almost two out of every 100 people in the UK report a food allergy, while one in five reports an intolerance. But what’s the difference and what help is available?
Food allergy, intolerance and hypersensitivity are just a few of the names used to describe the body’s adverse reaction to food. Understandably, this can be confusing, especially when people do not necessarily know what each of them means.
This confusion combined with the vast amount of information available, it’s easy for people to seek advice from potentially unreliable sources.
So what is a food allergy?
A food allergy is when the immune system reacts to certain foods. While symptoms are often mild, they can be severe and, in some cases, life-threatening. Any food can cause a reaction and the body will respond differently to different foods, however, there are certain foods known for causing allergies, such...