What Is A Food Sensitivity?
A food sensitivity or a food intolerance is caused by an inability to digest a food and occurs in the digestive tract and not the bloodstream, like a food allergy. Symptoms are “delayed onset”, where symptoms do not appear for hours or even days. Food sensitivities are not fixed, and can come and go during the course of one’s life.
Strangely, people often crave foods to which they are sensitive to. Some researchers suggest that our bodies can become addicted to the chemical messengers, such as histamine or cortisol, which are secreted by immune cells in response to allergens in the body. The body may experience a soothing response from the presence of the chemical messengers, increasing the desire to eat more of that food.
Note that food sensitivities and allergies can change every year. Just because you’re diagnosed with a food sensitivity or allergy one year does not mean it will hold true for the rest of your life. This is why we encourage people to get tested at least once a year.
Food Sensitivity VS Food Allergy
Food Allergy:A food allergy is an exaggerated immune response triggered by eggs, peanuts, milk, or some other specific food. With a true food allergy the IgE portion of the immune system is being triggered. This is the IMMEDIATE reaction. A patient might eat strawberries and get an immediate rash on their face. The reaction is so fast that testing is not needed because it's easy to determine the "culprit".
Food Sensitivity / Intolerance:
Food intolerance or non-allergic food hypersensitivity is a term used widely for varied physiological responses associated with a particular food, or compound found in a range of foods. This is the IgG portion of the immune system. It’s important to recognize the difference.
FoodTest95 is testing for the DELAYED sensitivity response…not the immediate response. We’re testing the 10-12 hour...sometimes up to 72 hour immune response that patients cannot figure out on their own! The time frame is simply too much to do any sort of elimination diet which is why it's important to objectively test.