A food intolerance is a food sensitivity that is not an allergic, immune-system mediated, reaction. Examples inclode lactose intolerance.

Health considerations

Food intolerances typically stem from gastrointestinal issues, such as a lack of a particular enzyme responsible for digesting a component of the food.

Keep in mind

With food intolerances, the individual response typically requires that a significant quantity of the poorly tolerated food be consumed. This is distinct from allergies where trace amounts of allergen can induce a response.


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