Do a search for “food allergies”, “food sensitivities” or “food intolerances” and you will get hundreds of thousands to over a million results. Clearly, there’s a lot of information out there. But there’s also a lot of misinformation! Misunderstandings about food allergies abounds online, spreads like wildfire, and causes huge amounts of confusion. In this episode of The Southern Fried Girlfriends podcast, I share some facts about food allergies with the goal of addressing the common questions that I get about this often confusing topic. But to start, I want to encourage you (just as I did on the show) to talk with your doctor about your symptoms if you think you have a food allergy.
- What is a food allergy?
- How is a food allergy diagnosed?
- Who should diagnose a food allergy?
- What’s the difference between food allergy and intolerance?
- Why does my mouth itch when I eat raw fruit, but not when it’s cooked?
- What about those food sensitivity tests that I see advertised online?
I also share that my goal is always about liberalizing people’s diet so that they can eat more food safely and enjoyably. Want to find a dietitian for yourself? Visit www.eatright.org and click on Find an Expert to connect with someone in your area. Give it a listen and let us know what you think!
Listen to Episode 10: Is it a Food Allergy? here or subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and more by searching for The Southern Fried Girlfriends Podcast on your podcast app. Swing on over to The Southern Fried Girlfriends Facebook page to chat about this topic, get some other resources, and look out for my Monday Morning Chat Live there too!
By the way, I’ve written a ton about food allergies right here on the blog already. Learn more about this topic by reading some of my other posts, including: