Dealing with food intolerances

February 4, 2000

Gluten Intolerance

For people who don’t suffer from gluten intolerance, protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye are a good health benefit. But people who have gluten intolerance are not able to digest this. Even to this day doctors don’t know if it is hereditary. However research has shown that it does run in families and that it sometimes occurs after a bowl infection. The best thing for a person with this illness is to remove certain foods from their diet. Read below on the list of foods to eat and not to eat:Do Eat

  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Dried beans
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Fresh meat
  • Fish that is plain
  • Honey
  • Jam
  • Tea
  • Cheese (only if you can tolerate it.)

Don’t Eat

Anything cooked with flour such as bread, cakes or biscuits such as fish in batter etc. Also check labels on tins because a lot of frozen or tinned foods have flour in them. Be wary of milk.

Lactose Intolerance

What happens here is that people suffer from the inability to absorb lactose, milk or sugar, which then results in watery diarrhoea. This type of intolerance is usually temporary but if you continue to take milk it can get worse.

What you should do

Once you know that lactose is the problem you should then talk to a nutritionist about the foods you should eat. You should then remove anything that contains lactose from your diet. Soya or rice milk products contain no lactose and may be good alternatives. Adults should keep away from dairy products, bakery products and lollies as they all contain lactose.

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