Classification of Food Sensitivities
A graphical example of all the types of food sensitivities.
Causes of Food Sensitivities
There are many causes of food sensitivities:
- Genetics – children of parents with food allergies have an increased risk of developing food allergies
- Immune status – an immature immune system in children may explain their increased susceptibility to food intolerances and food allergies. As the child’s immune system develops, the food allergies and intolerances generally subside, although allergies to peanuts and tree nuts tend to persist.
- Gastrointestinal/mucosal barrier permeability – increased gut permeability (“leaky-gut syndrome”) allows allergenic proteins to enter the bloodstream before they are broken down into their innocuous parts
- A triggering event – viral gastroenteritis, for example, can lead to subsequent food intolerances
- Environment – an increase in birch tree pollen in the air, for example, can exacerbate normally mild allergies to apple, carrot, celery, potato, orange, and tomato
- Exercise – eating an allergenic food before exercise can cause food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis
- Drug-dependent food allergy – taking salicylates like Aspirin can increase the severity of food allergies
- Co-ingestion of multiple allergens – the ingestion of a single allergenic protein may not lead to an immune response, but the compounding effect of multiple allergens simultaneously may overwhelm the immune system and create an adverse reaction
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