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Food allergies and food intolerances are two very different things and mean two outcomes regarding your body.
When we use the term allergy, we are talking about a reaction to a food substance that causes our bodies immune system to attack. It will see a particular type of food as a threat and will release chemicals within our bodies that show symptoms of an allergic reaction.
These might be an itchy sensation in our throat, mouth or ears and severe cases can cause swelling in the throat, which can be life-threatening.
It is estimated that in the UK around 1-2% of the population has an allergy to food, and the most common are:
o Tree Nuts.
Interestingly, most children that experience eczema in infancy will experience a food allergy.
While it’s not known why people develop allergies to food, it is common for them to have other conditions such as eczema, asthma and hay fever.
Those with allergies cannot afford the risk of ingesting any of the food that causes the allergy, and the trick is to identify the food early and remove it entirely .