Health: How foods can have major health impact
FEEL tired? Experience bloating or a lack of energy?
Charity Allergy UK estimate that such common-sounding problems affect 12 million people across the UK and that these symptoms, as well as others, could all be related to food intolerances.
“It’s always been underestimated just how much food has an influence on health,” says GP Dr Hilary Jones, ahead of Food Allergy and Intolerance Awareness Week, which runs from January 25-29.
“There’s a big difference between having a food intolerance and being allergic to certain foods.
“Food allergies affect the body’s immune system and, in some situations, can be life-threatening. Food intolerances tend to cause more everyday health problems such as fluid retention, nausea, IBS and migraines. When you think of the full range of foods we eat today, with their chemical content and potential to react in our system and cause symptoms, the variety of health-related problems is enormous,” says Dr Jones.
Certain foods have long been known to cause discomfort. Reasons vary and depend entirely on the person and their genetic make-up so diagnosis and treatment can be difficult, according to Lindsey McManus of Allergy UK.
* Find advice, recipes and more information about Food Intolerance and Allergy Awareness Week at www.foodintoleranceawareness.org