Food intolerance awareness is on the rise and you no longer have to feel like you're being difficult when asking for your foods to be modified.
With this awareness comes an acknowledgment of how health improves not just with healthy eating, but with personalised diets.
Many people as a result are experimenting with low reactive diets in an attempt to be as healthy and energetic as possible. Healthy eating has been taken to a whole new level. But are we getting it right? Is the public assumption correct when determining what the healthiest diet is for them?
Over a 7 year period, our Nutritionist Jennifer May kept extensive records of her patients food intolerance test results. The numbers you see below are the outcome of an analysis of all tests which confirmed food intolerance. The selected patients were then guided through an elimination and rechallenge protocol to confirm the results of the test before inclusion in the study. The results of which may change your view of food intolerance forever!
Here is what we found
Top 5 foods which patient had a significant response to, requiring full elimination from the diet. Note: Reactions were confirmed both by IgG testing and dietary elimination and rechallenge protocols:
Dairy products 41.2%
Top 5 foods which patients had some response to, requiring either elimination or reduction in the diet. Note: Reactions were confirmed both by IgG testing and dietary elimination and rechallenge protocols:
Dairy products 53.2%
Are you shocked?
Most people are shocked to hear that dairy appears to be the most problematic food and is 40 times more likely to require complete elimination from the diet than gluten. At Food Intolerance Australia we believe that no food should be restricted for life unless there is a confirmed allergy or Coeliac's disease (also an allergy - read more here).
We recommend a 3 step process to managing food intolerance:
Step 1: Remove or reduce foods identified to be problematic via high sensitivity testing.
Step 2: Recovery phase - support optimum digestive repair and balance immune system with healthy lifestyle, diet and supplemental regime.
Step 3: Reintroduction - through the process of continuous rechallenging and assisted recovery, we can safely reintroduce foods and regain appropriate tolerance.
We believe it is important to return to a full and varied diet as soon as possible in order to complete the process to a full recovery. This prevents unnecessary dietary restriction, food avoidance and negative effects on lifestyle. We've found this to be very possible without the return of symptoms when the process is followed appropriately. We hope that this post has helped you gain a better understanding of the commonly problematic foods and appropriate recovery process. To book your high sensitivity food intolerance test click here.