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What does it mean if a person has food intolerance?

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 42 years experience
Food intolerance : A food intolerance is any reaction to a food that i can't explain physiologically for you. You have symptoms, but i as your allergist cannot prove that they are due to a classic allergic reaction, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, a previous gallbladder operation, a viral infection, food poisonong or anything else that we do understand. It's vague, but means you don't feel good when you eat it.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Body doesn't like it: If you consume red #40 food dye and have cramps and loose poo, your body doesn't tolerate it although others may never have such symptoms. I heard it is outlawed in Europe since so many react to it.The same goes for many other consumables, food additives, or some foods.By definition this is not something that triggers a positive allergy test. You just learn to keep track and avoid these things.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of food intolerance? Does it vary from person to person?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Food intolerance: Symptoms of food intolerance are widely variable between people, and the foods themselves. There can be belly cramps, nausea, diarrhea, belching, body aches and pains, dizziness, rashes, difficulty with memory & concentration, etc. There can be days between eating a problematic food and perceptible symptoms, so diagnosing can be confusing. Integrative or functional medicine physicians can help.

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