Plenty of people are allergic to foods. But you can also be sensitive or have an intolerance to specific ingredients in what you’re eating or drinking.
What’s the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance or sensitivity? It’s based on how your body responds.
When you have a true food allergy, your immune system causes the reaction. True food allergies cause unpleasant symptoms such as hives, itching, swelling, stomach cramps, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea.
At their worst, allergies can also cause life-threatening emergencies such as loss of consciousness or anaphylaxis.
On the other hand, when you have a food sensitivity or food intolerance, your digestive system triggers the response. Symptoms are typically less serious and are often limited to digestive problems like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramping and nausea.There’s been a lot of discussion on social media about the potential harmful effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).