How to Diet with Food Intolerances

Dieting can be difficult enough without having to deal with food intolerances. Finding foods that are both low in fat and calories as well as free from the allergen causing products can be a challenge. Here are some great ways to diet with food intolerances.

Read Labels

This is probably the most important thing to keep in mind for individuals who are dieting and have been diagnosed with food intolerance. While you may be able to accurately identify fresh foods that contain the product you are allergic to, there may be small amounts of nuts, dairy, seafood or other allergy-causing foods in packaged items that aren’t necessarily composed primarily of these ingredients. For example, potato chips may cause anaphylactic shock in individuals who have a peanut allergy, due to the propensity of potato chip factories also packaging mixed nuts. It is very important for people who suffer with an allergy of any kind to learn how to properly read the labels on packaged foods in order to prevent possible consumption.

In addition, if you are dieting, you should read the labels for fat and calorie content. For best weight loss results, look for items that do not contain the allergen and are also low in added fat, sugar and calories. If you are not able to accurately read food labels or are interested in more education about reading food labels, consult with your doctor, nurse or health care provider. While they may not be able to completely educate you themselves, chances are likely that they will be able to refer you to a registered dietitian or similar professional who can teach you the ins and outs of reading food labels.

Learn How to Swap Foods

Learning how to swap foods is also very important for dieters who have a food intolerance. Before you actually begin exchanging foods in an attempt to prevent an allergic reaction, request that your doctor perform an allergen test to pinpoint the specific allergy. Though you may be thoroughly convinced of an allergy towards a specific food, your doctor may be able to pinpoint the allergen more completely, thereby reducing the need to eliminate certain foods from your diet.

Next, it’s important to thoroughly understand what foods contain the product that you are allergic to, and what foods can be used as a replacement. For example, many people experience lactose intolerance, or an allergic reaction to milk. This is a relatively easy food intolerance to deal with, as many different types of milk replacement products are now available on the market. While soy milk was once the only option for people diagnosed with this condition, you can now find almond and other types of milk in most grocery stores. Many companies are now beginning to produce milk products such as cheese and butter from lactose free ingredients.

Your doctor, nurse or dietitian should be able to provide you with options for substitutions for a variety of food intolerances, including lactose intolerance, Celiac’s disease and nut allergies. Make sure to tell them that you are dieting so they can provide you with low calorie options.


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