food allergies




What is a food allergy?

A true food allergy or food hypersensitivity is an adverse reaction to a food or food component that involves the body’s immune system.

Using milk as an example, an immunologic response would occur as a result of allergy antibodies interacting with the protein in cow’s milk, whereas the nonimmunologic response would be lactose intolerance, wherein there is insufficient lactase to break down the sugar (lactose) in milk.

Although many people believe they have a food allergy, true food allergies are less common, affecting 3-8% of children and less than 2% of adults in the general population.


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To learn more about Food Allergies visit our dedicated Food Allergy Center of Florida website.