Three Most Common Food Intolerances

Three Most Common Food Intolerances

Food intolerances are a dangerous problem that affect a wide variety of people, and can be life-threatening if not treated quickly and correctly. Here are three of the most common food intolerances and some alternatives that can be used to replace the food.

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is one of the most common types of food intolerances and occurs when an individual lacks the necessary enzymes to properly digest milk and milk products. It is often associated with bloating, diarrhea, nausea, and other similar gastrointestinal problem. Individuals who are diagnosed with lactose intolerance can often become deficient in calcium and even protein unless certain substitutions are made. Milk and milk products can be replaced with soy, almond, or other similar dairy free milks, which can now be easily found at a variety of grocery stores. In order to avoid a protein deficiency associated with decreased dairy intake, be sure to increase your daily consumption of peanut butter, nuts, or healthy meats such as chicken or turkey.

Celiac's Disease

Celiac's disease is another common food intolerance that occurs when a person cannot properly digest wheat and wheat products. Celiac's disease presents symptoms similar to lactose intolerance such as nausea, diarrhea, and bloating, but individuals with Celiac's disease may also suffer from chronic headaches or muscle aches, and even stunted growth. Celiac's disease can be one of the more difficult food intolerances to deal with because not only is wheat found in a broad range of common food products such as bread, crackers, and pasta, but wheat contains high amounts of carbohydrates, which are essential to provide the body with the energy that it needs to make it through the day. A carbohydrate deficiency can lead to feelings of weakness, fatigue and apathy. People who are diagnosed with Celiac's disease most often find creative alternative to wheat products in order to get the necessary carbohydrates in the system without consuming wheat. Popular alternatives include quinoa, rice, and barley, which can be easily found at most grocery stores.

Nut Allergy

A final common food allergy involves nuts. While nuts do not in and of themselves contain vitamins and minerals that cannot be found in other food products, a nut allergy is still very dangerous. In fact, unlike lactose intolerance and Celiac's disease, which in relation to a nut allergy cause mild symptoms that can be easily treated, individuals with a nut allergy may experience facial swelling, itching, and may even go into a lifethreating condition known as anafalactic shock. Nut allergies can be difficult to deal with because nuts in general, but especially peanuts, can be found in a variety of foods, some of which may not even be associated with nuts. Individuals with this condition must carefully read all labels in order to ensure that the product they are consuming has not been produced in a factory that also produces nut products.

4 Comments

  1. Sandy

    Please remove the error from your Celiac section of this page. Barley is not an alternative to wheat. Barley (as well as its derivatives malt and barley/malt extract) contains gluten and is most definitely NOT safe for those with celiac’s disease or gluten intolerance/sensitively. Rye and triticale are not safe either. Oats are tolerable for those with a bit of a tolerance or if they’ve been processed in a facility where there has been no cross-contamination with any of the above non-allowable grains.

  2. Lisa Brownstein

    Food allergy and food intolerance are two COMPLETELY different things, you know.

  3. Sandy

    Yes, I know that allergies and intolerances/sensitivities are different things. Allergies are an immune response. Where did you take from my statement that I inferred they were the same? The difference does not negate the fact that barley (or rye or triticale) are not safe/tolerable for Celiacs or those with gluten intolerance or sensitivity. They will cause permanent damage to Celiacs and harmful inflammation to those with intolerance or insensitivities. Please do thorough research.

  4. Rachel

    It is titled Three most common food intolerances, and the third one is nut allergy… ‘a final common food allergy’. Are we talking intolerances or allergies here

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