Food allergy and intolerance: what are the facts?
In the second article in our series on nutrition, Judy Buttriss explains the science behind the most common food allergies and intolerances
A casual glance through the tabloid press and weekend supplements could easily leave you thinking that we have a major food allergy epidemic in Britain. But is this really true? The reality is that most people can eat a wide range of foods without any problems, although they may have likes or dislikes that influence what they choose. However, some people--a small minority--react badly to certain everyday foods and eating them may cause uncomfortable symptoms or, in rare cases, a severe illness. Next month's article will focus on food intolerance myths, so in this one I will concentrate on the different types of food intolerances.
Food intolerance is the general term used to describe a range of reproducible adverse responses to a specific food or food ingredient which