Symptoms of food allergies vs. food sensitivities

Robyn O'Brien, Author of "The Unhealthy Truth", discusses what the differences are between the symptoms of food allergies and the symptoms of a food sensitivity
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Symptoms of food allergies vs. food sensitivities

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A lot of people will ask what's the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity, and if you look at this as a spectrum, a food allergy is an immediate, life-threatening allergic reaction, and it causes this response in the body that can be very inflammatory, and cause some of the systems to shut down. A food sensitivity is just really just a delayed food allergic reaction, and sometimes that can manifest up to three days later. In that process the symptoms might be dark circles under the eyes, acne, chronic bronchial infections, ear infections. These kind of low lying inflammatory reactions, and so I think when you're really discussing food allergies and food sensitivities, it's really important to recognize that this is a spectrum and that a child or a person can fall anywhere on that spectrum.

Robyn O'Brien, Author of "The Unhealthy Truth", discusses what the differences are between the symptoms of food allergies and the symptoms of a food sensitivity

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Robyn O'Brien

Author, The Unhealthy Truth

Robyn O'Brien is recognized by Teri Hatcher, Kourtney Kardashian, Kristen Bell and moms around the world.  She has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by The New York Times and has been named by SHAPE Magazine as a “Women To Shape the World”, by Forbes Woman as one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter,” and by The Discovery Channel as one of its 15 Top Visionaries. She is a former food industry analyst, author, mother of four and the founder of AllergyKids Foundation. Robyn graduated as the top woman in her class from business school before working as a financial analyst that covered the food industry. She is regarded as an expert on children’s health policy.  She has appeared on CNN, The Dr Oz show, Today Show, Good Morning America, CNBC's Kudlow Report, Fox News and the Ricki Lake Show and has appeared in several documentary films, including Food Patriots, Unacceptable Levels, Genetic Roulette.  

Robyn’s work has been recognized by individuals such as Yoko Ono, Robert Kennedy Jr., Ted Turner and Prince Charles. She is the founder of the visionary organization allergykidsfoundation.org which is focused on restoring the integrity of the food supply and the health of children, the author of The Unhealthy Truth (Random House 2010) and her work is seen in Food, Inc. filmmaker Robert Kenner’s 2012 video, Labels Matter, and in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

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