Food Intolerances

Food Intolerances – Updated version released for Android

After we released an updated version of our app Food Intolerances for the iPhone, it's now turn for the Android version. Learn more about the changes we made in the following post.

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Histamine intolerance and reheated dishes

Fresh food usually don´t contain histamine and other biogenic amines, those are primarily formed during the microbial decomposition of certain amino acids in the food. The degree to which a meal is contaminated with histamine mainly depends on the following questions:
  • Are there any histamine-producing bacterial strains present?
  • Is there appropriate substrate (in form of histidine) for histamine production?
  • How fast can the bacteria multiply?
  • Are some of the ingredients already pre-contaminated?
  • What is the activity of histamine-producing enzymes?

Histamine-producing germs thrive in warm environments, therefore proper handling and compliance with certain rules can help to minimize the build-up of histamine. In the following, we explain the backgrounds and tell you why reheated foods have the highest potential of histamine contamination.

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Possible causes for irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disease of the intestine that causes recurrent abdominal pain and discomfort. In the Western world 10–20 % of the population are affected.

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What are FODMAPs?

The term FODMAP is an acronym, derived from "Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols". It is the generic term for certain kinds of short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed while they travel through the small intestine.

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Nickel allergy

Nickel is a heavy metal that can be found all over the world in the soil or in the water. Approximately 10 % of all adults have a sensitivity to nickel and react with allergic contact dermatitis or digestive symptoms after exposure. Women are affected up to 14 times more often than men.

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When does restricting your diet make sense?

If you suffer from food intolerances, certain constituents of the food may be responsible for a broad variety of symtoms. The obvious conclusion would be to cut all foods from the diet, that contain these constituents. However, such an avoidance strategy also carries risks.

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Are sulfites dangerous?

Sulfites are used as preservatives, because they inhibit the discoloring and the spoilage of foods very effectively. They are generally regarded as safe, however, in isolated cases they may cause severe adverse reactions and several fatal incidents have been reported so far. There is a lot of confusion about potential health effects, therefore, we put together the latest information about sulfites.

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Sugars – a small compendium

If you suffer from certain kinds of carbohydrate malabsorption you are often confronted with names of chemical compounds – it is often very easy to become confused. Therefore, we put together a small compendium that can be used, whenever needed.

Simple sugars

GlucoseGlucose
Glucose, a simple sugar; is the most important energy source in humans. It is readily absorbed in the small intestine. It is also known as grape sugar, corn sugar or dextrose.
Fructose FODMAPFructose
Fructose is a simple sugar that is slowly absorbed in the small intestine. The absorption rate is highest when equal amounts of glucose and fructose are present. When the amount of excess fructose is too high, fructose can reach the colon where it is fermented by bacteria.
GalactoseGalactose
Galactose is a simple sugar that occurs in foods like dairy products. In the small intestine, galactose is transported by the same carriers as glucose, therefore, the absorption is very fast.
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Do you know how much fructose you are eating?

From a historical point of view, fruits and honey were the only fructose-rich foods in our diet. In the 17th century the average sugar intake of each person was as low as 5 g per day. Big changes of dietary habits only occurred after the industrial scale production of sugar from sugar cane, sugar beets and the introduction of high-fructose corn syrup. Suddenly sugar was available in large quantities and at low costs.

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The app Food Intolerances, available on iOS and Android, helps you choose suitable foods

The issue of food intolerance has become an increasingly common topic of discussion in recent years. For those people afflicted, the app Food Intolerances is a practical and handy nutritional guide.

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Brief summary:
- Universal app for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android: Food Intolerances
- Updated versions for iOS and Android
- Designed for people suffering from food intolerance (histamine, fructose, sucrose, sorbitol, salicylates (Aspirin) or lactose)
- Evaluates more than 700 common foodstuffs
- Information about food additives and drugs (for histamine intolerance)
- Link:
http://www.baliza.de/en/apps/histamine.html
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