Intolerance

Intolerance

By
Dale Pinnock
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0 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
978 184949 543 1

I’m not going to give this much attention at all. My view on this subject is often not a popular one, but my sole concern is to inform you sensibly and reliably, based on science, not to fall in with the masses. Food intolerances have become a fashionable bandwagon in the nutrition world. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that they don’t exist, because they certainly do. The problem is they are nowhere near as common as some voices in the health world may have us believe. The world and his wife suddenly think they have one. A real, genuine, full-on intolerance you really know about and, as for a full-on allergy, well, that comes with very serious symptoms indeed. My feeling is that often people are diagnosed with intolerances when their digestion is really taking the brunt of modern life. A short run of eating in a hurry, a bit of stress, some disturbed sleep, not enough water and one vino too many will make you feel like World War III is going on in your digestive tract.

Another thing that makes me insanely angry is some of the ludicrous methods by which people are diagnosed with an ‘intolerance’. The worst of these is a strange contraption that is hooked up to a laptop. You hold a metal ‘sensor’ in one hand, and another metal pen-like gizmo is placed on the fingertips of the other hand. This machine then gives you a list of all manner of foods that you had a ‘response’ to. There is such a lack of solid science in this common practice that if it wasn’t such a serious matter (of people being conned), it would be laughable.

The only way to figure out if you have an intolerance is to take two steps. The first is give yourself a digestive tune-up, then undertake an exclusion diet. This means avoiding the suspected foodstuff for at least six weeks. Then re-introduce it and see what happens. If your insides resemble nuclear fallout, then yes, that food is not for you. If not, it is safe to say the food wasn’t the problem and that taking steps to improve your digestive heath has eased your discomfort.

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