Food allergies occur in 5-10% of children and 2-4% of adults in Australia. The most common food allergens are peanut, cow’s milk, egg, soy, wheat, fish, seafood, sesame and tree nuts.
The dietitians at Nutrition wisdom specialise in the management of food intolerances. We often get asked what the difference is between food allergy and food intolerance. A food allergy is an immune reaction to a protein component of food, whereas a food intolerance does not involve the immune system at all. Food intolerance symptoms can be triggered by various natural foods (FODMAPs) and food chemicals (salicylates, amines & glutamates) and common food additives which cause reactions by irritating nerve endings in different parts of the body.
FODMAPs are a collection of short-chain carbohydrates that are found naturally in many foods and food additives. FODMAPs aren’t absorbed properly in the gut by people with IBS which can trigger symptoms such as bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhoea.
Elimination diets are a nutrition therapy tool that are used to diagnosed food intolerances. They are an evidenced-based tool that are considered the gold standard in practice. A food allergy is an immune-mediated response and should be diagnosed with a medical doctor. The dietitians at Nutrition Wisdom can guide you through an elimination diet for food chemical sensitivity (salicylates, amines, glutamates and food additives) and FODMAP intolerance.