Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance

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Photo: LWYang, flickr

Photo: LWYang, flickr

Vancouver Naturopathy Article of the Week – Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance

It’s common to have a reaction to certain foods – many of us are careful to avoid eating things like shellfish, dairy, gluten, wheat, peanuts and so on.  The determining factor in diagnosing the reaction as a food allergy or food intolerance is whether the immune system is involved or not.

True food allergies involve IgE antibodies in the immune system and can cause severe and life threatening anaphylactic reactions.  Food intolerance, also known as non-allergic food hypersensitivity, is when we lack certain digestive enzymes resulting in some foods not breaking down properly.  Symptoms are often similar so people commonly confuse the two, although usually symptoms of intolerance generally take longer to emerge than that of an allergic reaction.

If you have any reactions to certain foods and would like to learn more about whether you’re intolerant or allergic, we encourage you to read this article by Today’s Dietition  that will help you understand the difference between the two, and how to take action in making the determination.


Broadway Wellness is a friendly and community oriented clinic, offering services in the Fairview disctrict near Broadway & Oak in beautiful Vancouver, BC.  Our clinic is established with a strong foundation in Registered Massage Therapy, Chiropractic Care with Network Spinal Analysis, and Naturopathic Medicine, as a multi-disciplinary clinic.



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