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What is a food intolerance?

Food intolerance, also known as non-IgE mediated food hypersensitivity or non-allergic food hypersensitivity, refers to difficulty in digesting certain foods. It is important to note that food intolerance is different from food allergy.

Food allergies trigger the immune system, while food intolerance does not. Some people suffer digestive problems after eating certain foods, even though their immune system has not reacted – there is no histamine response.

Foods most commonly associated with food intolerance include dairy products, grains that contain gluten, and foods that cause intestinal gas buildup, such as beans and cabbage.

Fast facts on food intolerance

Here are some key points about food intolerance. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.

  • Symptoms of food intolerance tend to take longer to appear than symptoms of allergies
  • The symptoms are varied and can include, migraine, cough, and stomachache
  • Some food intolerance is caused by the lack of a particular enzyme.

Fast facts on food intolerance

Here are some key points about food intolerance. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.

  • Symptoms of food intolerance tend to take longer to appear than symptoms of allergies
  • The symptoms are varied and can include, migraine, cough, and stomachache
  • Some food intolerance is caused by the lack of a particular enzyme

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