nutrition for allergies and intolerances

A food allergy involves the immune system in our bodies and happens when we react to a protein in specific foods, which are usually harmless to others. Reactions are usually immediate and can occur after being exposed to a very small amount of the food/protein. The most common food allergies include peanuts, soy, milk, eggs, wheat, fish, and shellfish. Food allergies affect around 1/20 children, and 2/100 adults and therefore you are not alone.

A food intolerance, on the other hand, is a chemical reaction, rather than an immune system response. It can occur in response to some naturally occurring chemicals in food and to common food additives such as artificial colours, preservatives, and flavourings. Reactions are dependent on how much you have and different people will tolerate different amounts of any given chemical. If you have a food allergy or intolerance, it may mean you need to eliminate certain foods from your diet.

It can be overwhelming when you are allergic or intolerant to a food item and you’re not sure what foods to avoid or how to replace certain foods to ensure you’re not missing out on any important nutrients. That is when our nutritionists and dietitians come in to help! We can give guidance, clarity and education on how to read food labels and how to replace foods with nutritionally similar alternatives.