Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance

There is a lot of confusion between food allergies and food intolerance. Watch this to understand the differences.

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Nicole Bergeron
Nicole Bergeron3 years ago

@Kathy, milk is a hitter for me, yes it is everywhere, and soy is everywhere milk isn't. So I know how it feels to have to read everything for TWO food allergies.

Nicole Bergeron
Nicole Bergeron3 years ago

I have an intolerance to the sugars in cows milk, BUT an allergy to the proteins in the cows milk, and the proteins in soy and lentils/legumes except green beans, peas, alfalfa, cloves, and peanuts. all the others (milk included) make my sinuses swell, my face swell and I get a rash on my face as well. I get moody, emotional (also signs of a food allergy) and I have a hard time breathing. My digestive track gets through out of wack and I get really sick. I wasn't born lactose intolerance, they put me on a cows milk based formula and after two months i looked like death warmed over, so they switched me to a soy based, I got even worse, by the time they figured out what was wrong (and it wasn't even my regular doctor but a med student) I lost 25% of my body fat before I was even 2. They told my mom that my intestines lost so much of those fine hairs that i would never be lactose friendly, we found out otherwise when we found out I could have cheese that has been aged (6 or more months but I prefer over a year) and none of the doctors could figure out why. The bacteria break down the sugars (sugars take longer to break down) AND the protein (takes less time then sugars) enough that my body can handle it without reacting. I can handle other animals milk (goat (my childhood milk) and sheep), growing up rice and almond milk weren't all that popular in small towns nor the surrounding cities in my area.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

im lactose intolerant. my son is allergic to carrots. both are frustrating. so many things you would never think of have carrots or carrot juice in them. and of course milk is everywhere

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago


Debrah Roemisch
Debrah Roemisch3 years ago

I have both--a true allergy can be life threatening(for me bananas, avocodos and sweet potatoes will cause hives and throat swelling) this means they must be avoided completley while an intolerance is something that causes discomfort and health problems but not life threatening thus if you accidently get some it is not dangerous. For me that would be non fermented dairy, gluten, corn and nightshade family plants.

Dale Overall

Interesting video. The only allergy to food that I have is shellfish as I don't have the enzymes to digest it. Just makes me violently sick but not life threatening.

Once I broke out in hives after eating a multitude of strawberries. These had no pesticide but when I was a little girl one afternoon sitting in the strawberry patch my desire for the juicy berries got on the greedy side...eaten to excess. Never have had hives since with strawberries but have never eaten them in huge amounts again.

Doc Blake mentions all the toxins out there in modern society. While not living in the U.S., certainly there are tons of toxins in the air out there. This certainly does not help us or the pets living with us not to mention the wildlife out there. Maybe we can borrow a time machine and transport the environment back from the pre-industrial world to our century. Would be nice and buy us a bit of time before it gets polluted again.

Agree with Liz E, decades ago, few allergies, not like the peanut allergies of today where anything with peanuts is banned from schools. All the processed, refined foods are catching up with people not to mention cleaning chemicals, spray cans...

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing because I've had to have the conversation explaining the difference.

Sheri P.
Sheri P.3 years ago

good information, thanks!

Leena K.
Leena K.3 years ago

Interesting differences!

Michael C.
Cynthia C.3 years ago

Actually, I have come to think that much of what people call a food allergy is an intolerance or just another American Fad, and yet, it could it be a version of the Stockholm Syndrome.