Food Intolerance vs Food Allergy

Know the difference!

Have you ever experienced a time when you feel bloated or gassy a day after you eat a certain food item? Did you ever feel that you’re getting an allergic reaction after devouring the best cookie in the city?

Oftentimes, people confuse food intolerance with food allergy as it shows the same signs and symptoms. But knowing the difference between the two is very important as it can be a possible life-saving warning that can affect your overall well-being.

Food allergy reaction occurs when your immune system overreacts to a food or a substance in a food, identifying it as a danger and triggering a protective response. While allergies tend to run in families, it is impossible to predict whether a child will inherit a parent’s food allergy or whether siblings will have a similar condition. Some research does suggest that the younger siblings of a child with a peanut allergy will also be allergic to peanuts.

Meanwhile, food intolerance is the difficulty of digesting certain foods while getting an unpleasant physical reaction to them. In general, people who have food intolerance tend to experience feeling bloated, experiencing tummy pain, gassy or irritable after a few hours of eating a certain food item.

Through diagnostic tools like the Food Intolerance Test (FIT) will help you identify which foods have a negative reaction to your body and overall health. The Food Intolerance Test will identify specific immune system-based food intolerances, determining which foods are causing negative reactions to your body and overall health. Food intolerance is not usually life-threatening but can make you feel extremely unwell. Food intolerance may produce a variety of symptoms including anxiety (acute or chronic), bloating, nausea, stomach discomfort, diarrhea, muscle, and joint pains, headaches, weight control issues, water retention, heartburn, itchy skin problems, fatigue, constipation, low mood, sleep difficulties/disturbances, and feeling under the weather.

The Friendly Allergen Nano-Based Array (FABER) is a precise, comprehensive, and unique screening tool that detects which allergens you are vulnerable to. From the 244 types of allergens such as asthma, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, anaphylaxis, urticaria, eczema, food reactions including abdominal pain and diarrhea, and insect or latex-induced reactions (if applicable), this test will help you identify the underlying cause of your skin issues, and what the triggers of your skin conditions are.

At S+N, our doctors will let you experience an in-depth consultation to ensure that you will find out
if you have a food allergy or food intolerance.

Who knows, by understanding the difference between the two, you will be able to uncover the mystery symptoms you’ve been struggling with your whole life.