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What’s the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance? How do you know if allergens are in the foods you eat? What happens if you’re sensitive to certain foods? Millions of people in the UK have a food allergy and most people know someone with a serious food allergy, so it’s important to research these topics and choose foods that will help your body thrive. A food allergy occurs when the immune system produces an antibody in response to the protein in specific foods. Exposure to the food in even the tiniest amounts can produce immediate or delayed symptoms; some may be merely uncomfortable (hives, eczema, stomach upset, sinus problems) while others are life threatening (swelling of the tongue, closing of the throat). Food elimination diets, blood and/or lab tests are used as a part of the diagnosis.
A food intolerance happens when eating a certain food triggers a negative physiological response, but the immune system is not affected in the same way. Symptoms may not appear right away, making food intolerances very difficult to diagnose. Elimination diets and specialty tests are the most common methods for diagnosis. While not life-threatening, symptoms can be severe and range from gastrointestinal distress to headache and chronic fatigue.
We care about your body’s health, so all Enjoy Life Foods products carry a “free from” label so you know what ingredients we don’t use, but would normally be found in that product. For example, you can count on our delicious chocolate chip cookies to be free from wheat and other cereals containing gluten, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soya, celery, lupin, fish, crustaceans, shellfish, sesame seeds or mustard. We keep our production facility free from these allergens, too!
This site is not providing health advice. Food allergies and intolerances are serious and we want you to make the right decision for you. Before making any changes to your diet, consult a doctor, dietician or allergist.