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Food Allergy or Intolerance?

How often do you go to a child’s birthday party or a play date and find a list a mile long of all the different food allergies being catered for? According to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, “food allergy affects 10% of children up to 1 year of age [and] between 4-8% of children aged up to 5 years of age”. In Australia, hospital admissions for anaphylaxis due to food allergy in children aged 0 to 4 have increased fivefold in the last decade. It’s no wonder ‘everything-free’ parties are now the norm. But are we seeing an increase in food allergies or intolerances, and what differentiates the two? Food Allergy Or Intolerance? The key factors differentiating a food intolerance from a food allergy are: severity...