Food Allergies vs. Food Sensitivities: What’s the Difference? (Quiz)

When it comes to food allergies and food sensitivities, do you know the difference? Take our quiz and find out how much you know!

April 10, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

Do you or someone you know have bad reactions to foods you eat or touch? There’s a chance you might have food allergies or food sensitivities. While both are commonly confused, the main difference is how your body responds.

About 15 million Americans have food allergies that can cause mild to severe reactions. That’s why it’s important to know whether you have food allergies or food sensitivities (aka intolerances). It can help you prevent health issues and act quickly in the event of an emergency.

Take our quiz to see how much you know about food allergies and food sensitivities.

In a food allergy, what causes a reaction?
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With food sensitivities, what causes a reaction?
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Which of these foods are considered part of the eight major food allergens by law?
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True or false? Food allergies or food sensitivities develop at birth.
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True or false? You can experience the same symptoms whether it’s a food allergy or food sensitivity.
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How can you test whether you have a food allergy or food sensitivity?
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True or false? There’s a cure for food allergies and food sensitivities.
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