Intolerance to Foods and Food Additives

  • R. K. Chandra
Part of the Nutrition and Food Science book series (NFS, volume 3)


The influence of diet on health has been recognized for centuries. If the ingestion of food results in adverse reactions, this may be the result of hypersensitivity to an antigen or hapten present in the food, or due to a failure of absorption as a result of the deficiency of brush border enzymes such as lactase, or nonspecific release of histamine from mast cells without involvement of reaginic antibodies. Among the sensitizing substances present in diet may be mentioned various proteins, drugs (e.G. penicillin, salicylates), dyes and preservatives (e.g. tartazine, benzoates).


Celiac Disease Chronic Urticaria Sulphanilic Acid Dermatitis Herpetiformis Disodium Cromoglycate 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. K. Chandra
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  1. 1.Dept. of PediatricsMemorial Unv. of NewfoundlandSt. John’s, NewfoundlandCanada

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