Food hypersensitivity

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In medicine, food hypersensitivity (food allergies or food allergy) is a form of immediate hypersensitivity that is "Gastrointestinal disturbances, skin eruptions, or shock due to allergic reactions to allergens in food."[1]

Food hypersensitivity is difficult to diagnose and may be overdiagnosed.[2] Food hypersensitivity is different from lactose intolerance.

Food industry implications

There are economic incentives to produce hypoallergenic food products. As a related effort, the marketing and distribution of certain highly allergenic foods, such as peanuts, are changing to reduce exposure.


  1. Anonymous (2015), Food hypersensitivity (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  2. Chafen, Jennifer J. Schneider; Sydne J. Newberry, Marc A. Riedl, Dena M. Bravata, Margaret Maglione, Marika J. Suttorp, Vandana Sundaram, Neil M. Paige, Ali Towfigh, Benjamin J. Hulley, Paul G. Shekelle (2010-05-12). "Diagnosing and Managing Common Food Allergies: A Systematic Review". JAMA 303 (18): 1848-1856. DOI:10.1001/jama.2010.582. Retrieved on 2010-05-12. Research Blogging.