What does it mean to have a food sensitivity? A food intolerance, or a food sensitivity happens when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food. This can lead to manifestation of intestinal gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea or other uncomfortable symptoms. A food intolerance is sometimes confused with, or mislabeled, as a food allergy. Food intolerances involve the digestive system. Some people who have food sensitivities can go a lifetime without ever knowing they have one due to delayed reaction times and vague symptoms that mirror common ailments.
What happens if you eat something you're "intolerant" to? You might get some of the same symptoms as a food allergy, but it can't trigger anaphylaxis. Over time, however, this reaction can damage the lining of your small intestine and can keep you from absorbing the nutrients you need from your food.
What is the best way of diagnosing a food sensitivity or intolerance? Carefully monitor your symptoms and the foods you eat in a food journal for a few weeks. See what happens when you cut out the suspected food for a period of time, and then reintroduce it into your diet. Read food labels carefully to ensure you are not accidentally eating the item you are avoiding because it is labeled under an alternative name.
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