June 04, 2018

Are Food Intolerances Making Your Fat?

Food for thought!
Food intolerance

Paleo, Atkins, Mediterranean, raw food, whole food, low fat, keto, low GI, the soup diet, Celebrity Slim—the list goes on. The yoyo dieters amongst us have most likely tried some, if not all of the above diet fads to lose weight limited or no success. It seems a lack of willpower may not be so much to blame after all. Experts are now claiming the inability to lose weight may be attributed to a food intolerances.

Unlike a food allergy, food sensitivities won't put your life with a reaction that causes your airways to close up, but they can irritate your stomach and bowel, cause break outs of hives, even ulcers, making life pretty downright miserable at times. Now it seems food intolerances could also be making us fat. (Awesome!) 

Dr Mark Hyman, MD, #1 New York Times best-selling author has personally witnessed patients lose up to 13 kilograms simply from removing food allergens from their diet. Food sensitivities can wreak havoc with the gut resulting in inflammation. Inflammation is believed to lead to weight gain.

"When you eat a bad diet, bad bug flourish. Your whole gut ecosystem is upset and the outside world leaks in across the damaged gut lining. The result is not just obesity, diabetes and heart disease, but so many allergy, autoimmne and inflammatory diseases," Dr Hyman said on a blog posted to his website entitled Are your Food Allergies making you fat. (

Pinpointing your food intolerances can be difficult. It may be dose-related. For example; if you are dairy-intolerant ice cream one night for desert may have no noticeable effect. Ice cream after having cheese and sour cream smothered corn chips for lunch, could be the one thing that pushes the chemical reaction your body has to the edge. The consequence from indulging can be anything from bloating to irritable bowel and may occur within 20 minutes of eating or 24 hours later (by which stage you've probably eaten other things and aren't sure what's triggered your symptoms).

 ImuPro, a leading expert in food intolerance testing throughout Australia and New Zealand, cite the most common food intolerances as:

  • Milk
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts

Not all intolerances reveal themselves with sweats and a sudden need to rush to the nearest toilet. The symptoms can range from fatigue, wind, and bloating to eczema and migraines.

If you suspect you are suffering from food intolerances, the best place to start is by keeping a food diary. Jot everything down, remember you need to be honest. List what foods are eaten, when and what happens. This can help your doctor or dietician help eliminate your intolerance issues. Low FODMAP diets and food elimination diets may also help illuminate a solution. Don't suffer in silence, talk to your local GP or dietician today.

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 -Leigh-Anne Parrish



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