When you have food intolerance, it means that your digestive system has difficulty breaking down certain foods. In other words, your intestines are too sensitive to tolerate certain foods.
What are the symptoms of food intolerance?
When you consume food that you are intolerant to, you may experience unpleasant symptoms such as:
- Stomach pain
- Abdominal bloating
What is the difference between food intolerance and food allergy?
Food intolerance is not the same as a food allergy.
Food intolerance primarily affects your digestive system, and symptoms usually occur within a few hours after eating as the food passes through the digestive tract.
Food allergy, on the other hand, affects the immune system and triggers an allergic reaction that can involve multiple organ systems in your body besides the digestive system (skin, respiratory system, etc.).
What commonly causes food intolerance?
People with food intolerance often do not produce enough of a specific enzyme necessary for the digestive system to break down certain foods or their components.
- Lactose: People who are lactose intolerant do not produce enough of the enzyme lactase to break down lactose, the sugar found in milk and dairy products.
- Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. It’s important to note that gluten intolerance is not the same as celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder. In celiac disease, gluten damages the small intestine. If you have non-celiac gluten intolerance, your body has difficulty breaking down gluten.
- Histamine: Histamines are natural chemicals found in certain foods such as cheese, pineapple, bananas, avocados, and chocolate. Red wine and some white wines also contain histamines. People who are histamine intolerant do not produce enough of the enzyme diamine oxidase to effectively break down this chemical.
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