Talking the talk about food allergies and symptoms.

Food allergies and GI issues have a language all their own, and it can be confusing and overwhelming. This glossary is here to help you understand the key terms and be better informed overall.

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  • Saturated fats

    The main dietary cause of high blood cholesterol, mostly found in foods from animals and some plants.

    Saturated fats Definition
  • Short bowel syndrome (SBS)

    Short bowel syndrome, also called SBS, it is a condition in which nutrients are not properly absorbed due to severe intestinal disease resulting in the surgical removal of a large portion of the small intestine and/or colon.

    Short bowel syndrome (SBS) Definition
  • Side effects

    Any undesired actions or effects of a drug or treatment. Negative or adverse effects may include headache, nausea, hair loss, skin irritation or other physical problems.

    Side effects Definition
  • Skin prick tests

    Skin prick tests are used to diagnose allergies. The test is performed by scratching the outer surface of the skin on the forearm, applying a drop of an allergen solution to the skin, then watching for a reaction such as swelling or redness. It is useful for determining what a person is allergic to.

    Skin prick tests Definition
  • Small intestine

    Part of the GI tract following the stomach, the gateway for virtually all nutrients to enter the body for use.

    Small intestine Definition