Are you intolerant to certain foods?

A food intolerance is difficulty digesting certain foods and having an unpleasant physical reaction to them. t causes symptoms, such as bloating and stomach pain, which usually come on a few hours after consuming the food. (Ref: NHS Choices)

In general, people who have food intolerance tend to experience bloating, stomach pain, wind and/or diarrhoea, or sometimes develop skin rashes and itching within a few hours after eating the food.

If you experience any of these please contact your GP who will be able to discuss your symptoms and advise you correctly as these are also symptoms of many other conditions.

Try keeping a food diary recording the foods you eat, any symptoms and when your symptoms come on.

Try eliminating foods

Once you have a good idea which foods may be causing your symptoms, you can try excluding them from your diet one at a time and observing the effect this has – try over two to six weeks and see if your symptoms improve.

Then, reintroduce the food, to see if symptoms return. You may find you can tolerate a certain level, and you only get symptoms if you have more than this amount

Food labels

All packaged food in the UK and the EU is covered by a law on allergen labelling, meaning you can tell whether or not a product is suitable by reading the ingredients list.

 

For example if a cereal containing gluten has been used as an ingredient in the product, it must be listed in the ingredients list (no matter how little is used).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further information can be found on the NHS choices website. www.nhs.uk