Food intolerance is not the same as food allergy
Why is it important to differentiate between food intolerance and food allergy? Food intolerance and food allergy are two different medical conditions. They each require a different diagnosis and different clinical management to control symptoms.
The words "malabsorption" and "intolerance" are used interchangeably to describe the same thing - incomplete absorption in the small intestine. Here we are referring to malabsorption of, or intolerance to, common dietary sugars such as lactose, fructose and sorbitol, and their role in causing (or contributing to) irritable bowels.
Food reactions in general are common, but food intolerance is far more common than food allergy.
→ Read our latest article explaining the difference between "Food Intolerance" and "Food Allergy".