Mediaplanet: Food Allergy versus Food Intolerance: What’s the Difference?

CDHF

Written by: CDHF

Updated: October 26th, 2022

Our executive director, Kelsey Cheyne spoke with mediaplanet for their 2022 Living with Food Allergies Campaign in the differences between a food allergy and an intolerance.

Some of the symptoms of a food allergy and food intolerance are similar, but the differences are significant. We know that symptoms of food intolerance can cause discomfort in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Still, they’re generally not life-threatening, whereas symptoms caused by a food allergy can be.

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF) recommends seeing a doctor to help determine if you have an allergy or intolerance. Finding professional support, such as a registered dietitian knowledgeable in this area, can help you manage these conditions over time.

To help you understand the differences between a food allergy and food intolerance, we’ve laid them out in a handy chart. View the differences between a food allergy and intolerance in the campaign article here.

View the full mediaplanet living with food allergies 2022 campaign here.

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