October 2016 Issue

Getting to the Bottom of Food Sensitivities

When you suspect something you eat is making you sick, changes to your diet might help.

Allergies cause an immediate measurable immune response, and intolerances are delayed, reproducible symptoms often caused by the lack of an enzyme or other factor necessary to digest a food. For example, some people donít have the lactase enzyme necessary to digest dairy. Others may react to chemicals naturally found in foods, like caffeine (in coffee, tea, sodas, and energy drinks); salicylates (in many foods including dried fruits, berries, peppers, processed meats, almonds, and olive oil); or histamine (in alcohol, pickled foods, aged cheeses, and smoked meats). The term food sensitivity is often used interchangeably with food intolerance.

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