The weekend comes – you invite some friends over for dinner and they graciously accept. But then the caveats begin: “my partner is gluten- and dairy-intolerant, and I don’t eat meat, fish or eggs.”
Bread, milk, butter, cheese – the nation seems to have become intolerant of the foods that used to be household staples. Entire supermarket aisles are now devoted to “free-from” products.
Humans have been eating wheat and dairy products for millennia, apparently without harm. Has something changed, or are the “free-from” advocates taking us for an expensive and joyless ride? Part of the confusion stems from a muddling of the distinction between food allergy and intolerance. Food allergies do seem to be on the rise, but these are different from intolerances, for which there is no strong evidence of an increase – and in some cases, no specific medical explanation for their cause.
So what is the difference? Allergies, such as reactions to specific proteins in wheat or milk, involve the immune system, and can be life-threatening. Symptoms usually kick in within minutes of eating a problem food, and can include vomiting, lip swelling, a rash, wheeze, and a blocked or runny nose. They are also relatively rare – at least among adults.
Intolerances, on the other hand, tend to generate symptoms such as bloating or abdominal pain, and these set in more slowly – sometimes several days after eating a problem food. They also aren’t thought to involve the immune system. Although a lot of the symptoms can be very unpleasant, they generally aren’t life-threatening and don’t do any lasting damage.
This doesn’t mean that you have to cut out all of the foods you love, you just have to be smarter with your choices and look at alternatives to substitute the foods that may play havoc on your body! In our current setting there is an alternative for everything from breads to pastas – lactose free milk to ice cream that won’t send you to the bathroom after you eat it!!! AND they all taste amazing to boot!!!
You can also try an elimination method and remove then slowly re-introduce some of these food types to see what might be your trigger. Much easier in the long run then avoiding massive chunks of particular food groups forever!
If you can hold up your hands and say you’re certain that gluten or dairy is the source of your problems, you’re probably correct: food intolerance is a real condition that deserves to be taken seriously. And, as a bonus, if you receive a proper diagnosis you may find your sceptical friends suddenly become a lot more tolerant of your intolerance.
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