Food intolerance: reality or trend?

02 September 2021

Food intolerance: reality or trend?

Food intolerance: reality or trend?

We hear more and more about “food intolerances”… but, is it that all people who restrict certain foods are truly intolerant or is it the “trends” that define these food intolerances?

A food intolerance is characterized by an exacerbated reaction of our body to a particular food, usually associated with poor digestion or transformation of that food in the body.

Among the most known food intolerances, we highlight lactose and gluten intolerance. They are characterized by a deficiency of an enzyme responsible for the degradation of these nutrients. The main reactions existing in food intolerances are:

- Distention and abdominal pain;

- Flatulence;

- Irritable colon;

- Headaches;

- Fatigue and malaise.

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These intolerances can cause discomfort and impact on quality of life, but they haven’t a bad prognosis. Furthermore, the appearance or increase of these reactions depends on the doses that are ingested from foods rich in the nutrient to which they are intolerant. Whenever a food intolerance is suspected, it must be proven by a specialist (immunoalergologist) and the respective biochemical tests. You should only act by removing or avoiding some specific foods if the opinion is positive for the detected food intolerances.

But, the truth is that many people who eliminate some foods from their daily lives (eg: milk and/or bread) don’t suffer from food intolerances associated with this type of food. Several specialists (nutritionists, gastroenterologists, …) confirm that, due to the increase in processed foods, as well as the excess of drugs (self-prescription), there are changes in the gastrointestinal tract that produce reactions identical to those of a food intolerance. In addition to this situation, the influence of the media or influencers also leads to an increase in “false cases” of food intolerances.

In short, food intolerances do exist, but before definitively excluding any food from your daily life, check and seek professional help. Don’t limit yourself to just following directions from other people who may have this problem or don’t let yourself be influenced by “diet trends” and dietary restrictions that don’t fit your needs.

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By Adriana Martins, Nutritionist

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