Do you have a food allergy or intolerance?

Published : March 27, 2015

​You could be missing out on essential nutrients... 

Developing a food allergy can be a puzzling experience, from working out which foods are causing the problems to learning how to avoid the offending foods.   Over time however, as you learn which foods to avoid, you’ll come to discover new and tasty alternatives as well.

Food Allergy vs Food Intolerances
Food intolerances have many causes and multiple symptoms, it usually affects the digestive system. Whilst a food allergy involves the whole immune system, a food intolerance may produce similar symptoms to a food allergy and the cause is quite different.

Here are some reasons for food intolerances
• The body lacks enzymes to properly digest the food (e.g. lactose intolerance)
• Sensitivity to stress, environmental as well as physiological
• Sensitivity to certain preservatives, sugars or food chemicals

If you or a family member have a food allergy or intolerance and are avoiding certain foods, you may be missing out on essential nutrients, so it is important that you are getting them from somewhere else.

Lactose intolerance
The inability to tolerate milk and dairy products totally or to a degree. Generally hard cheese can be  tolerated depending on each person’s tolerance levels.
Cow’s Milk Allergy: avoid all cow’s milk and related dairy products
Milk is high in protein and calcium important for bone health. Choose dairy substitutes such as calcium fortified soymilk, yoghurt, cheese.
Other foods include calcium fortified tofu, sardine, salmon, broccoli, nuts and seeds.

Egg allergy
This is common in children who may grow out of it. The protein in both egg yolk and white can cause reactions. Allergies may be to raw or cooked eggs or both.  Watch out for products such as biscuits, cakes, ice cream and some sauces
Eggs are highly nutritious foods that contain Vitamin Bs, important for healthy nervous system, blood and skin health, as well as protein, Vitamin A, E and D.
Choose: Meat, poultry, fish, milk, cheese, soy products, whole grains, nuts, seeds.
Other Vitamin B foods include fish, wholegrain. Leafy greens and vegemite.
Vitamin D is also found in oily fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerels and dairy products

Gluten / Wheat Intolerances
People with coeliac as well as those who have sensitive stomach to wheat and gluten now have access to a variety of gluten free and wheat free products on the market. However the safest way to ensure there’s no contamination or eating these without knowing is to choose whole foods, as close to their sources as possible. They’re also healthier and better for your health.
Foods containing gluten are generally high in folate, Vitamins Bs, Fibre, and Iron.
Gluten and wheat free alternatives grains include: Amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, corn, flax, millet, rice and nut flours.

All these foods are available fresh from our stores at Dandenong Market. Ask the friendly staffs on how to use some of the ingredients if it’s your first time trying it.