Food sensitivity or food intolerance can cause significant stress on your day-to-day life and overall well-being. You may not be able to eat your favorite foods without side effects or may feel nervous about eating in restaurants. While most food sensitivity or food intolerance symptoms in adults range from mild to moderate, food allergy symptoms can be severe — and in some cases, life-threatening.
If you suspect that you are having reactions to a specific food, determining whether you have a food allergy is vital to ensuring your safety, health, and quality of life.
But how do you know if you have a food sensitivity, an intolerance, or a true food allergy? Symptoms can be similar, and it’s important to know the difference between an allergy and an intolerance. In the sections below, we outline the key traits of a food sensitivity/food intolerance to help highlight the differences from food allergies.