Allergies and food intolerance

Food intolerance

According to a recent BBC News article, more and more people are self-diagnosing with food intolerance, with as much a a fifth of the population believing they have a food allergy or a food intolerance.

There are thousands of people who have some form of food intolerance leading to constipation or diarrhoea and are particulalry sensitive to processed food.

The problem with food intolerance is that unlike food allergies, which are usually quite easy to diagnose with a blood test, there is no recognised test for most forms of food tolerance. The problem is that a food allergy leads to a response from your immune system, which can be measured whereas inolerance is more subjective with many GP’s not being trained to spot either!

One thing is clear, food intolerance is big business in the UK with some £ 240 million being spent on “free from..” food, which includes ready made meals but especially organic dairy and bread products as well as gluten free snacks.

I think we’re all saps. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for healthy eating but I wonder how many people are promoting the idea of food intolerances to push their, rather pricey, products!

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