Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Many people confuse food allergy with food sensitivity and food intolerance. These terms are often used interchangeably, but they do not mean the same thing. A food allergy is when your immune system reacts to specific food(s). While a sensitivity is a reaction to a certain type of food such as milk or wheat, occurring mostly in your digestive system. A food tolerance is a reaction to specific carbohydrates, or protein contained in certain foods.
The chart below describes these differences.