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#1 Tue 24 Aug 10 1:39am

The White Rabbit

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From Sydney, Australia
Member since Tue 22 Jun 04

Food intolerances and allergies

Some general information
http://www.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy/
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv … ntolerance
http://www.allergy.org.au/aer/infobulle … erence.htm

Something that I find is important to note, not all allergies or intolerances are to "man made" foods. In fact many many people like myself have an allergy or intolerance to a natural food chemical such as gluten or salicylates (found in fruit and veg). In fact, I'm not intolerant to MSG (or any of the natural glutamates such as those in parmesan cheese or broccoli). Note I've not linked sites such as "fed up with food additives". I think they make people think they are always bad when in reality only a small number of people have a problem with them and everyone else can eat them (in moderation of course).

Some people are intolerant to a number of food chemicals and intolerant at different levels. For example, I am severely gluten intolerant and can't have foods that contain sugars (like glucose) made from wheat. Other people can get away with small amounts - so don't assume that they were just being fussy.

Cooking for someone who has an allergy or intolerance:
*find out what they can have; and if it's a severe allergy (you don't want someone going into anaphlyatic shock at your dinner party)
*put together your menu and let them know what you are planning and ask them for help if you need it (they will be more practised at cooking for a restricted diet)
*when preparing food make sure sources of allergens or intolerances are not present in the preparation area and that you make sure all utensils are thoroughly cleaned
*if you can't make the whole menu suit the restriction or the food is to be served as a buffet (where cross contamination can easily occur) then make their portion and serve it on a plate and store it away until the person arrives


Gluten free recipes and information
http://www.jamieoliver.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=28081

Dairy free (not as extensive as the gluten free thread)
http://www.jamieoliver.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=34490

Eating out with a food intolerance:
*contact the restaurant ahead of time; do this yourself even if someone else is booking; and check again the day before
*make yourself known to the wait staff when you arrive
*if in doubt about the ability of the restaurant to cater for you then you may have to avoid it or eat before you go
*cross contamination from tongs and other utensils is a major risk in a lot of restaurants

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#2 Tue 24 Aug 10 6:00pm

DeniseH111

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Member since Sun 28 Mar 10

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

My children have food intolerances.  One of them is sensitive to salycilates (as am I).  Three of them react to food dyes neurologically.  We have to be careful of the big bad chemical preservatives with them as well.  The cleaner they eat, the better their neurological processes.

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#3 Wed 25 Aug 10 11:41am

heather6169

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From South Penrith, Australia
Member since Fri 11 Jun 10

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

There was something on tele the other day and it was about  a couple that were trying to have a baby and then they went and got tested and the lady was a coeliac and after she went on a gluten free diet she actually fell pregnant. I just wish I could remember more but I thought that it was fantastic she has one child and is pregnant with another. Just goes to see that we really do not know just what food allergies can affect.

Cheers Heather smile

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#4 Wed 25 Aug 10 12:41pm

FlippyPhil

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From Staffordshire/Derbyshire
Member since Thu 19 Aug 10

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

An article by the BBC that appears to completely miss the point

www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10773893

When I first went to school (1985) I had problems that after 2 years were foudn to be caused by E numbers. Hyperactivity in kids was a new thing and it was hard to find food without the dreaded azo dyes like E110. It's amazing how little you need for a reaction. Some of the preservatives also had an effect.

As an adult, I've grown out of the effect - I think, although I don't choose to buy anything with them in I must get them in some things when out.

I still try and avoid because when my mum stopped me eating them in the 80's her headaches also decreased (and not just caused by me!!).

I am surprised that now most coloured childrens food is additive free it is still very hard to find natural food colourings in supermarkets / food shops.

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#5 Wed 25 Aug 10 5:56pm

oliviascotland

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Re: Food intolerances and allergies

My middle daughter has a diagnosed allergy to saccharin, sorbitol, aspartame, xylitol & aesculfame, and it is hellish trying to find foods without them - and it's not just foods, it's medicines as well, and even toothpaste  hmm  Not to mention my OH who is lactose and gluten intolerant and allergic to orange, my youngest who is gluten intolerant and allergic to orange, and my eldest who is about to embark on testing for gluten intolerance ...

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#6 Thu 26 Aug 10 1:28am

The White Rabbit

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From Sydney, Australia
Member since Tue 22 Jun 04

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

As we can see there are many and varied food intolerances and allergies. So it's always important to get properly checked for them before eliminating a food from your diet. This is especially important for coeliac disease because you need to be eating gluten to get a proper diagnosis.

Eliminating foods from your diet due to intolerance or allergy is best done with the assistance of a dietitian or allergy specialist, because as Olivia points out some of these food chemicals crop up elsewhere.

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#7 Thu 26 Aug 10 6:26pm

angelabrookss

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Re: Food intolerances and allergies

It's amazing how little you need for a reaction. Some of the preservatives also had an effect. sad

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#8 Thu 26 Aug 10 7:37pm

BritFinn

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Member since Thu 26 Aug 10

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

I've got to agree, within 48 hours of going gluten free my daughter (11 and newly diagnosed as a Celiac) began to get less stomach aches.  One month on and she's a different child, much more like the happy carefree girl she was as a toddler smile

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#9 Fri 27 Aug 10 1:49am

The White Rabbit

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From Sydney, Australia
Member since Tue 22 Jun 04

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

angelabrookss wrote:

It's amazing how little you need for a reaction. Some of the preservatives also had an effect. sad

I can react to less than 5 parts per million of gluten. So if a product says "gluten free" on the front then has an ingredient made from wheat (like glucose from wheat) or is produced on equipment that handles wheat then it's out for me.

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#10 Thu 09 Sep 10 10:30am

contentedbody

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Member since Thu 09 Sep 10

Re: Food intolerances and allergies

It's so important to know whether you are suffering from an allergy or an intolerance and also to pinpoint exactly which foods are the  problem for you.  Allergies and intolerances have very different causes and mechanisms, although the treatment plan for both would be very similar ie avoid the food.  Intolerance though, unlike allergies, arent permanent and if you eliminate the food and do the right things to allow your body to heal then you will then be able to reintroduce the food at a later stage without it causing you any problems.  There are good tests available now to identify both allergies (IgE responses) and intolerances (IgG responses) so it's great that the guesswork can be taken away and we can all take control of our health when dealing with allergies and intolerances.

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