Food Intolerance Test
What is being measured?
A food intolerance can occur when the body has difficulty digesting certain foods. When this occurs over time, large food particles (proteins) may enter the blood stream and this can cause inflammation.
When foods and drinks are digested, the proteins within them are broken down into smaller fragments for easy absorption into the body. Larger fragments can pass through without breaking down, and sometimes the body reacts by attacking them using antibodies called Immunoglobulin Gs (IgG).
Food intolerance can cause a wide range of disruptive symptoms such as digestive problems, eczema, migraines and headaches, fatigue, depression and low mood, joint pains and sinusitis.
- Food intolerance symptoms
- A word on Intolerance and Allergy
- Food Intolerance
- Food Allergy
- Age range this test is suitable for
- Type of test
- Before Taking this Test
- How long until I get my results
- Vegetables and Pulses
- Spices and Herbs
- The Gold test will not identify the following:
- Please read the following
- Abdominal Pain
- Aches and Pains
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Low mood
- Skin problems
- Stomach Cramps
- Weight loss/Weight Gain
Symptoms of food intolerance can take up to 72 hours to appear after eating the trigger food or group of foods. On average people who suffer from food intolerances usually have around 4 or 5 trigger foods.
The term ‘food intolerance’ and ‘food allergy’ are often confused and are two very different things.
Genuine food allergy is relatively rare. Only about 2% of the adult population are affected. A food allergy is a swift response by the body’s immune system to a specific food. In this type of reaction, the body’s immune system mistakes a food for an ‘invader’ which often results in a rapid allergic reaction often within minutes, but generally within a maximum of two hours. This type of allergic reaction is commonly associated with reactions to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs and seafood.
Food intolerance is quite different to food allergy and whilst the symptoms can impact the person’s quality of life, they are not life threatening. Food intolerances are much more common than food allergies.
- Reactions up to 72 hours after eating
- Multiple foods can be involved
- Any organ system can be affected
- Very common
- Difficult to self-diagnose
- Symptoms can clear after avoidance (3-6 months)
- Immediate reactions (2 hours or less)
- Rarely more than 1 to 2 foods
- Primarily skin, airways and digestive system
- Trace amounts of foods can cause reactions
- Caused by raised IgE antibody
Blood test from a finger prick
Eat as normal
Bok Choy (Pak Choi)
Spelt (Dinkel Flour)
Grape (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Grape (Chenin Blanc)
Grape (Pinot Gris/Grigio)
Grape (Pinot Noir)
Grape (Red Zinfandel)
Grape (White Zinfandel)
Grape (Sauvignon Blanc)
Rooibos (Redbush tea)
- Any food allergies (IgE antibodies)
- Coeliac disease
- Lactose intolerance or any enzyme deficiencies
- Histamine sensitivity
- Any chemical sensitivities
- The test is for you, or you are the parent or guardian of the person taking the test.
- The person taking the test is over the age of three years
- The person taking the test is not pregnant, breastfeeding or suffering from any blood borne infection (e.g hepatitis or HIV )
- You understand that steroids or immunosuppressants may affect the results.
- You understand that test results could be effected if the person taking the test is excluding any food from their diet.