1. If you experience gas or cramps from milk, bran, or broccoli, you’re probably allergic to them.
2. If you find lactose or high-fiber foods difficult to digest, you should avoid them altogether.
3.You can experience harmful reactions to wheat and not even realize it.
4. The greatest food allergy risks are from seafoods, not nuts.
5. Products labeled as “manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts” are just as risky as those labeled “may contain peanuts.”
Answers: 1. False. These are common signs of a food intolerance resulting from digestive problems such as a lack of certain enzymes or difficulty processing some substances such as fiber or sulfites. With an allergy, the immune system treats certain food proteins as invaders.
2. False. Often these foods can be tolerated in small quantities while gradually increasing the amount consumed.
3. True. Celiac disease strikes about 1 out of 130 people, a cross between intolerance and an allergy to the gluten in wheat. Many who have the disease have no recognizable symptoms other than nutrient deficiencies.
4. True. Seafood allergies are twice as common as nuts or peanut allergies and can be very serious. See your doctor if you have a reaction after eating seafood, even if you’ve never had a problem before.
5. True. Manufacturers can use either phrase, so if you have an allergy, avoid foods with either label.