Delicious plum cake, gently melting sorbet, crunchy salads—culinary delights that cause discomfort for many people, especially people who have type I or III food allergies and/or food intolerances.
Type I and type III allergy - What is the difference?
With type I allergy, an immediate reaction is seen seconds or minutes after contact with the allergen: examples include hay fever, itchiness, stuffy nose, and swelling of the mucous membranes. Possible triggers can be foods or pollen, animal hair, insect venom, and house dust mites. If you have a type III allergy, a delayed food reaction, the body takes time to react. Several hours and even days can pass after contact with the allergen before reactions occur. Various symptoms can be produced: nausea, diarrhea, headache, skin problems, fatigue, and changes in weight.
What should you do if you think you have a delayed food allergy?
FITLabs is the exclusive Canadian provider of the ImuPro food intolerance test. This test, administered via a health care practitioner such as a Naturopath, allows the patient to test up to 270 foods for high levels of IgG antibodies, indicating whether a delayed food allergy might be present. You can get more information by speaking with a health care practitioner.
When (fruit) sugar is bad for the body: fructose malabsorption
You love fresh fruit salad or—the latest trend—green smoothies? These foods are very healthy in themselves. Yet fruit, fruit juices, and some types of vegetables are full of fruit sugar (fructose) and are not tolerated by everyone. The threshold for fructose tolerance can also drop even further if you have intestinal injury, inflammation, or diabetes. The result: stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea, and other problems.
When you feel full: gluten intolerance
Gluten (sticky protein) is found in many types of grain, including wheat, rye, barley, and oats. A large number of people have an “allergic” reaction to gluten in noodles, bread, and baked goods. Reactions can vary from a feeling of fullness and diarrhea to immediate reactions such as itchiness.
When milk upsets the stomach: lactose intolerance
Lactose (milk sugar) is present in a wide range of milk products and in many processed foods like sausage and baked goods. The enzyme lactase is responsible for digesting this milk sugar. If the body does not have enough of this enzyme, it will not digest lactose sufficiently, and may not digest it at all. You should note the following information if you have a nut allergy.