Food allergy is an immune reaction resulting in symptoms such as hives or swelling of the skin, difficulty breathing, tummy pain and vomiting or diarrhoea following the ingestion of certain foods. Food allergy more commonly presents in children with the most common food allergies (95%) being caused by peanut, tree nut, cow’s milk, soya, egg, wheat, fish and shellfish.
Food intolerance or sensitivity are non-immune reactions to foods such as natural food chemicals (e.g. salicylates, amines, glutamates), food additives (e.g. preservatives, artificial food colours or flavours) or flavour enhancers (such as MSG) and usually display as hives, swelling, headaches, stomach upsets or bloating, sinus or breathing problems occurring up to 24 – 72 hours after eating the food.
Whether you have food allergy or intolerance our dietitians can assist in identifying and avoiding the food or food additive/chemical triggering the allergy or intolerance and prepare a balanced, nutritious diet to manage or eliminate symptoms.
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