Most people have rich and varied diets with no restrictions and are able to eat whatever they want, whenever they want. Some people aren’t so lucky and suffer from food allergies. It’s sometimes very difficult to find out what is causing these allergic reactions so food allergy testing is recommended. Known conditions include allergies to nuts (peanuts in particular), shellfish and even gluten. Allergy to gluten is known as Coeliacs disease.
“How can I tell if I am a Coeliac sufferer?”, you might be asking. There are various gluten allergy symptoms to pay attention to. If eating bread leaves you feeling drawn, fatigued with a bloated stomach and very runny stools then the chances are you have a problem digesting wheat and gluten products. It is advisable to go to your local hospital if you think you may be a sufferer of Coeliac disease as they can run some test which will let you know for sure.
Other types of food allergy can be more difficult to spot and sometimes it can be too late before they are identified. Shellfish and nuts should be introduced in very small amounts, very tentatively so that if an allergic reaction is caused it won’t be as damaging as it perhaps could be. This is why it is recommended that women do not eat shellfish during pregnancy or children are told not to eat peanuts. Sometimes it is better to be on the safe side of things, is it really worth risking your life just to eat a bag of peanuts?
Taking a simple test can uncover all sorts of food allergies you may not have considered. That’s one of the reasons soup is great after testing – you can tailor the results accordingly to exclude certain ingredients from your recipes. In time, you might find that making up part of your regular diet with carefully planned soups can really help with intolerances.