Food Intolerance Test
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.
It can be difficult to determine whether the patient has a food intolerance or an allergy because the signs and symptoms often overlap. The symptoms of food intolerance generally take longer to emerge, compared to food allergies.
The most common symptoms of food intolerance:
- Runny nose
- Feeling under the weather
- Stomach ache
- Irritable bowel
Some causes of food intolerance test:
There can be many causes of food intolerance, and we will take a look at each of these in turn.
- Absence of an enzyme
- Chemical causes of food intolerance
- Food poisoning - toxins
- Natural occurrence of histamine in some foods
- Salicylates are present in many foods
Some common types of food intolerance are:
- histamine, present in mushrooms, pickles, and cured food
- additives such as artificial sweeteners, coloring, or other flavorings
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