Tolerating food intolerance

Gluten-free, wheat-free, nut-free, egg-free, soy-free – the list goes on! A trip to the health food aisle reveals a growing number of products designed for food allergies and intolerance.

Unfortunately, this isn’t simply a health-food fad – these conditions are increasing across the western world, and we don’t really know why.

This growth means more people are experiencing the pain of food intolerance. Because food intolerance is a slow chemical reaction, symptoms can occur up to 24 hours after eating and pinpointing a cause can be difficult. Common symptoms include tremors and nervousness, breathing problems, headaches, burning sensations, stomach pains and loose bowels.

If you do think you might be intolerant or allergic to a particular food, make sure you see your doctor before cutting anything from your diet.

Fortunately, though, the flipside of increasing food intolerance is that there are now plenty of pre-made options and alternative ingredients available – so you needn’t miss out on cooking and enjoying delicious meals with family and friends.