What is the difference between food allergies and sensitivities?

Different. Food allergy refers to an ige mediated reaction to a food that could result in itchiness, hives, lip or tongue swelling, asthma and rarely death. Food intolerance is not ige mediated food allergy and could include lactose intolerance where one lacks the enzyme lactase that is needed to digests lactose -- the sugar in milk.

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What is the difference between food allergies and just food sensitivities?

Allergy. A food allergy is based on an allergic immune response where your body creates an antibody against that food and causes you to have hives, swelling, severe cramps and some case anaphylaxis. A food sensitivity varies in its symptoms and is not based on a specific immune response. Read more...