Food intolerance, also known as non-IgE mediated food hypersensitivity or non-allergic food hypersensitivity, refers to difficulty in digesting certain foods. It is important to note that food intolerance is different from food allergy.
Food allergies trigger the immune system, while food intolerance does not. Some people suffer digestive problems after eating certain foods,even though their immune system has not reacted.
Foods most commonly associated with food intolerance include dairy products, grains that contain gluten, and foods that cause intestinal gas buildup, such as beans and cabbage.
Some common types of food intolerance are:
- histamine present in mushrooms pickles, and cured food
- additives such as artificial sweetners, coloring, or other flavorings.
Diets planned according to the intolerance of the patient as per the food group , not only reduces the symptoms of food intolerance but also helps to maintain a healthy lifestyle .