As a medical doctor, I spend a lot of time studying and learning about food allergies. I can’t tell you how many people ask me “is it true that I have a food allergy?” It is true! I am not talking about someone with a “food allergy,” but rather someone who has an allergy to certain foods.
The most common food allergies are to cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, and fish. Of course, you can get sick just by eating foods that contain those three ingredients.
One of the things I’m learning more about is that many people have a difficult time deciding what to eat when they feel sick. For example, your typical person just won’t eat fish or eggs. They will instead eat chicken noodle soup. There are many other reasons why they might not eat certain foods. The reasons are not just because they are allergic to those foods, but because they find them uncomfortable to eat or because they have had a bad reaction to them.
When it comes to food allergies, they are usually classified as either “intolerant” or “intolerant to some degree.” They are also classified as either “atopic” or “nonatopic.” A nonatopic person has no symptoms when they eat certain foods.
The thing is that not everyone is atopic. In fact, a lot of people are not allergic at all. They just find certain ingredients in their diet unpleasant.
As it turns out, the majority of the people who suffer from food allergies are either nonatopic or atopic. They don’t have food allergies at all. I’d say that’s a pretty weird statistic. They may have a food sensitivities that make them feel nauseated and/or have a reaction to certain foods, but they don’t have food allergies.
Not sure why this is such a controversial statement, but I can explain. The two main types of food allergies are food intolerances and food sensitivities. An intolerance is when the immune system has trouble recognizing the food as a threat, so it doesn’t destroy it. A food sensitivity is when the immune system is so upset by a certain food that it can’t even recognize that food as something good.
The food allergy is about a person experiencing a food-specific or food-perceived experience, and therefore being affected by it. This can be a serious issue if not addressed by the food-perceived experience. When one is allergic to foods or food sensitivities, an allergy is caused by something happening that is not only a food-perceived experience, but also a food-specific experience.
With food allergy testing, you take a sample of your blood and test for certain antibodies. If you are allergic to an allergen, your body will produce antibodies to that allergen when it finds it. The food-specific antibodies then fight the allergen. If you’re allergic to a food, you will have an allergen-specific reaction to it. There are a few different types of food allergies. Some people are allergic to peanuts, for instance.
Food allergies are a lot more common than food allergies. People with food allergies are probably not as easy to identify as people with food allergies. There are a few things that can make someone allergic to food that are most likely to be the culprit. A person with food allergies has a pretty high chance of causing them, or of causing them to come into play.