Posted by: Curious | 2007/05/08


What is the difference between someone having allergies to certain foods and intolerances to certain foods? Can you explain how the body reacts to both of these. Thanks

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Dear Curious
Generally speaking a person who is intolerant to certain foods will exhibit non-life-threatening symptoms when he ingests that food (e.g. mild skin rashes, upset stomach, headaches, etc). If someone is genuinely allergic to a certain food then they develop very dramatic symptoms that can result in death, for example an indvidual with peanut allergy may die if they ingest even a trace of peanut in their food. For more information on allergies, visit the Website of the SA Allergy Association at: and click on 'Diet at the top of this page and 'Food-related disease' and read the various articles on allergies.
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