The app Food intolerances is a tool intended to help everybody who has been diagnosed of food intolerances. It covers a wide field of different subjects:
• Histamine intolerance and Mastocytosis (histamine content of foods, histamine liberators and DAO inhibitors)
• Fructose malabsorption (considers content of fructose and sorbitol, fructose/glucose ratio and problematic fibers, i.e. fructooligosaccharides)
• Sorbitol intolerance
• Lactose intolerance
• Salicylate or aspirin intolerance
• Gluten intolerance
The app Food Intolerances contains a substantial list of foods, food additives and drugs. Even after extensive research you often just want to know: what can I eat? Therefore you can find values and ratings of about 700 foods, clearly arranged in categories. The food list has a lot of exotic products that can bring more variety to your menu.
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Interesting things to know about food intolerancesAccording to recent estimations approximately 2 to 5% of the population suffer from food allergies and 10 to 20% suffer from food intolerances. The number of unreported cases is very high. Many people are just diagnosed of having irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), without further knowing what exactly is the trigger for the symptoms.
There are several kinds of food intolerances. Probably best known: malabsorptions of certain kinds of sugars, such as lactose or fructose. Small to medium amounts won’t cause any symptoms, but if one ingests too much, gas, abdominal pain or diarrhea will be the consequence. Basically everybody has these intolerances. Estimations go as far as one third of the world population that show signs of fructose intolerance. But just to put those numbers into perspective: by far not everybody of those 33% really suffers from ailment. Only a fraction of these “malabsorbers” react to fructose with symptoms, that can be pretty severe. As you might imagine the recommendation to eat more fruit can be quite harmful.
Yet the situation with gluten, a protein that is part of many cereals, is more complicated. Even trace amounts cause inflammatory reactions of the intestinal wall in people that suffer from celiac disease. Only a lifelong diet free of gluten leads to relief of innumerable symptoms. Least known of all intolerances and very difficult to handle are histamine and salicylate intolerance. Foods that do not seem to have any correlation cause headaches, asthma, diarrhea, hives or palpitations.
Difficult road to diagnosisMany affected persons only arrive at a correct diagnosis with the corresponding dietary changes after many years. The elimination of certain foods often significantly improves the symptoms. However you usually have to avoid foods you have been eating for years on a daily basis. With an isolated intolerance such as lactose intolerance that will not be a big problem once you get used to it after a while. Multiple intolerances however pose a real challenge. Many foods that are on the safe list for one intolerance may cause extreme ailment with another intolerance. This can be a frustrating situation.
Living with food intolerances is complicated, but not impossible. With some experience and skill you can still prepare some delicious dishes even in the most complicated cases. We would like to support you in doing so.
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