Get the facts about food intolerance
Many people suffer from food intolerance, and the foods that they are intolerant to can range from bananas to fish. There are countless food items that your body may not be able to process properly, and those cause a number of symptoms. The following facts about food intolerance may help you determine whether or not there are any foods you should cross off your grocery list:
- Food intolerance symptoms include, but are not limited to, abdominal pain, diarrhea, digestive problems, constipation, gas, skin rashes, headaches, and hives
- Most people with food intolerance are actually intolerant to an average of six different types of food items
- Food intolerance and food allergy are two different things. While symptoms may be similar, a food allergy causes an immune response that is triggered by a specific food
- Many individuals with food intolerance crave the foods that cause the adverse symptoms
- Symptoms of food intolerance are often caused by “hidden” ingredients. For instance, people with gluten intolerance will find that gluten is often disguised as “food starch” or “vegetable protein.” In addition, most processed foods and many medications contain gluten
- It is common for people who react to latex to also have food intolerance to bananas and kiwi
- Those with food intolerance to chicken are also often sensitive to house dust. This is because both chicken and house dust contain the protein tropomyosin
- Symptoms of food intolerance can be delayed by 30 minutes or longer
- Symptoms can last for 30 minutes to several days after eating the food your body is intolerant to.
If you have questions about treating food intolerances contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dietitian and nutritionist.