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Are you allergic? Or intolerant? Know the difference!

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Food Allergies vs. Food Intolerance

If you’re already following a plant-based diet you should experience far fewer physical reactions from the certain foods that used to leave you upset, or worse. Most averse reactions to food are caused by an intolerance rather than specific food allergies.

Intolerance to food will provoke many of the same indications and symptoms that you’ve thought were food allergies, but it’s important not to confuse one with the other.

Food allergies causes immune system reactions and these can, in turn, affect many other parts of the body. Allergic food reactions can even be severe. But most food intolerances will be limited to digestive problems that are much more easily addressed. Some people with a mild food intolerance will even be able to consume an offending food without too much trouble, even when larger amounts might seem deeply troubling. This is not the case with allergies. So be careful.

Most issues of food intolerance look something like the following:

If you’re sure you suffer from a food allergy, a really life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can result from eating even a small amount. For food intolerances, switching to a natural plant-based diet should ease much of your discomfort. It’s important to know the difference and to always eat carefully. Plus the added benefits in health and well-being from your plant-based diet will ease your stress and many other complaints, too.

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