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Help! Whatʼs the diference?

Christine Bailey looks at the diference between allergies, intolerances and food sensitivities, and how getting the correct diagnosis is imperative to the managing the condition…

allergies explained

Allergens appear in many forms: food, environment, pets, chemicals, lotions, potions and medications, to name a few. There are various types of food reactions and there is equally much confusion about terminology used when it comes to diagnosis. Food allergies, sensitivities and intolerance are sometimes used interchangeably, but the danger with this is we can undermine genuine life-threatening problems people experience when consuming provocative foods.

For this reason it is important to clearly define the difference between food allergy, food sensitivity and food intolerance.

Food Reactions Are More Common Than You Think

Firstly, it’s worth mentioning that if you suffer with any type of food reaction you are not alone. The latest surveys estimate food allergies affect up to 8% of children and 3-4% of adults. True food allergies also account for 29-50% of all cases of anaphylaxis, which in turn cause 150-200 deaths annually (6-7 times more than deaths from insect stings). There are many more food allergies and food sensitivities around these days and of course many explanations as to the reasons why. This particularly seems to affect children too. From 1997 to 2007, the number of reported food allergies increased 18% in children. Peanut allergy has tripled in children under the age of 18 years in a similar time frame, from 0.4% in 1997 to 1.4% in 2008.

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About Gluten-Free Heaven

Welcome to the June edition of Gluten-Free Heaven, paced with 101 delicious, seasonal and fragrant gluten-free dishes. This issue we discover the difference between allergies, intolerances and sensitivities, learn the best ways to live with an invisible illness, create wonderfully simple recipes using established baking mixes, rock the grill with DJ BBQ, put gluten-free bread to the test and much more. We also have the latest news and products to keep get your gluten-free summer off to the best possible start...