Be intolerant to food intolerances
There is a current trend for people to state that they are intolerant to certain foods. Some may say they cannot tolerate wheat, or cow’s milk. Though there are some people, many of them children, who actually have an intolerance to some foods, there is a lot of misleading suspect practice around the diagnosis and treatment of such conditions.
The number of people who believe that they are food intolerant has risen in recent years, but it is difficult to know how many of these have a genuine, diagnosed intolerance. People may put themselves or their children on unnecessarily restricted diets, sometimes after having so called allergy tests conducted by people who are not professionals. They may undergo hair follicle analysis, or other pseudoscientific tests which have no basis in truth.
A true food intolerance, which is a difficulty in digesting and absorbing foods, will result in symptoms such as bloating and stomach pain followed by diarrhoea and may also be shown as a rash on the skin. They come on a few hours after eating the food, once the digestive process has begun. However, the same symptoms may be due to an irritable bowel, stress or anxiety, which is why a proper diagnosis is so important.
For the small section of the population with genuine food intolerances, the diet can be challenging and puts them at risk of malnutrition. So, advice and guidance from a registered dietitian is essential, to ensure the diet is adequate and appropriate.
Food is to help keep us healthy and well and to protect us against many illnesses. Enjoy!