Food allergy or food sensitivity? Is there a difference between a gluten allergy and gluten sensitivity? What are the differences between the two? Do you treat gluten sensitivity differently than you do a gluten allergy? There are so many questions flying around in your head when you first hear the possibility that you (or a loved one) may be looking at a future without wheat products/gluten. In an effort to help calm your fears & make life a little easier, I’ve put together a quick guide to help you know the differences between allergies and sensitivities.
Is there a difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity, gluten specifically? YES
Food Allergy: Food allergies involve the body’s immune system. It occurs when the immune system produces an antibody in response to a specific food(s), specifically the proteins contained within that food. Food allergies can be life-threatening. With Celiac Disease, the continued consumption of gluten will cause even more irreversible damage to the small intestine.
Food Sensitivity: Used interchangeably with food intolerance, a food sensitivity does not involve the body’s immune system. It may cause physiological responses to the specific food(s) but it is not life-threatening.
Do you treat gluten sensitivity differently than you do a gluten allergy? Yes & No
If you have a food allergy, then you must omit that food from your diet entirely. But depending on your level of intolerance to the specified food(s), you may or may not have to eliminate that particular food from your diet all together, it all depends on the level of discomfort that you experience.