Food in­tol­er­ance

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Ever feel like your work­outs and healthy diet aren’t pay­ing off? Turns out 45 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion suf­fer from food in­tol­er­ance*and it could be jeop­ar­dis­ing weight-loss goals. Hol­land & Bar­rett nu­tri­tion­ist El­iz­a­beth Wall re­veals more…

food in­tol­er­ance Hin­ders weight loss? er, why?

El­iz­a­beth tells Now: ‘From an aes­thetic per­spec­tive, bloat­ing, puffi­ness and wa­ter re­ten­tion com­monly ex­pe­ri­enced with food in­tol­er­ances will in­flu­ence the way we look, caus­ing us to feel and look big­ger and weigh more on the scales.’ As well as this, in­tol­er­ances cause fa­tigue, mean­ing fewer calo­ries burned, which can lead to weight gain. El­iz­a­beth adds: ‘At cel­lu­lar level, gut wall in­flam­ma­tion caused by food in­tol­er­ances can lead to de­fi­cien­cies of nu­tri­ents that are es­sen­tial for proper me­tab­o­lism and weight con­trol. The hor­mone cor­ti­sol, pro­duced to con­trol in­flam­ma­tion, also causes blood sugar fluc­tu­a­tions. As a re­sult of th­ese blood sugar fluc­tu­a­tions the ex­cess glu­cose will be then stored as fat, usu­ally around the ab­dom­i­nal re­gion.’ Food in­tol­er­ances can also lead to crav­ings, par­tic­u­larly for sug­ary and high-gly­caemic food, lead­ing to an in­crease in calo­rie in­take.

do you Have an in­tol­er­ance?

Any food can cause an in­tol­er­ance, but the most com­mon cul­prits are dairy (lac­tose), wheat (grains), gluten, eggs and yeast. El­iz­a­beth says: ‘The foods that peo­ple are in­tol­er­ant to are very in­di­vid­ual and can be com­pletely ran­dom. Of­ten hid­den in­gre­di­ents can cause you to think you’re in­tol­er­ant to that spe­cific food.’ For ex­am­ple, gluten isn’t just in bread – it can be found in bak­ing pow­der, stock cubes, mus­tard pow­der, ready-grated cheese, lemon curd, soy sauce, dry-roasted nuts, pro­cessed meats, flavoured crisps, malted milk drinks and pick-and-mix sweets. Try elim­i­nat­ing cer­tain foods for a pe­riod of time then grad­u­ally rein­tro­duce to see if symp­toms re­turn.

Sim­ple Swaps…

Dairy al­ter­na­tives in­clude soya-based prod­ucts, rice milk and nut milk. Gluten­free grains in­clude amaranth, teff and quinoa. Most su­per­mar­kets now of­fer ‘free from’ ranges so you don’t have to miss out. Try Blue Di­a­mond Al­mond Breeze Nutri+ Cal­cium 1l, £2.40, Waitrose; Sains­bury’s De­li­ciously Free From Penne 500g, £1.30; and Sweet Free­dom Choc Pot Choco­late Spread

250g, £3, Sains­bury’s.

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