Having an understanding of food allergies and intolerances can help keep us, and others, safe from adverse reactions.
What is a Food Allergy?
A food allergy is a reaction of the body’s immune system to a specific protein in food, in which it is mistakenly identified as being harmful.
Risks & Symptoms
Skin – hives, swelling (face, lips, tongue), itching, redness
Respiratory – coughing, wheezing, throat tightness, nasal congestion
Gastrointestinal – nausea, abdominal pain/cramps, vomiting, diarrhea
Cardiovascular – weak pulse, dizziness, light headedness
Other – anxiety, headache, metallic taste
What is a Food Intolerance?
- An unpleasant reaction that does not involve the immune system
- Food intolerances are more likely to affect the gastrointestinal system causing the inability to digest or absorb certain components of foods
- Lactose Intolerance is the most common type, and occurs when our body cannot digest lactose (the sugar in milk)
Important Things to Consider…
Always check food labels, where possible, to identify allergens or intolerances
Make sure you are aware of the allergies and intolerances of any one you are serving
Communicate your allergies and intolerances to others, so they are aware
By having an understanding of food allergies and intolerances you can ensure safe and enjoyable food is provided for all! Registered Dietitians are a great source of knowledge on allergies and intolerances, contact a Dietitian today for any questions you may have.