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Can you be intolerant to chocolate?

Too much of anything can be a bad thing and that can certainly be true with chocolate. Tempting as it is, eating too much isn’t going to be good for your health, or your waistline.

But what if you’re a moderate consumer, enjoying an occasional chocolate treat as part of a balanced diet but you’re noticing ill effects?

From skin problems like acne, psoriasis and eczema to digestive troubles such as diarrhoea and constipation, food intolerances can wreak havoc on your health and wellbeing.

But could chocolate really be to blame?

What is a ‘chocolate intolerance’?

It sounds like a food nightmare doesn’t it - that delicious sweet treat you love just doesn’t love you back, causing a host of unwanted side effects.

When it comes to food intolerance, it’s important to think about the ingredients that go into the foods and drinks we consume. ‘Chocolate intolerance’ is a bit of a broad definition but, when you take a closer look at what goes into our favourite snack, you can see there are multiple ingredients which could be the root cause.

Dairy

Many chocolatey treats we know and love contain cows’ milk. White or milk chocolate certainly use dairy as a main ingredient. If you have a sensitivity to milk, this could be the reason that chocolate causes you problems.

Try opting for the dairy free versions, made with alternative milks. Or, if you don’t mind a richer and more bitter taste, dark chocolates might be right up your (quality) street.

Nuts

If you’re partial to a chunk of fruit and nut, you might not have realised that the almonds or hazelnuts could be causing you to feel unwell. Likewise, many popular chocolate spreads are made with nuts to give their distinct flavour.

Try switching to nut free versions of your favourite chocolate or opt for the freefrom versions of chocolate spread.

Cocoa bean

If the ingredients above aren’t your particular trigger foods, you might find that it’s the cocoa bean itself giving you problems. Whilst this is bad news for lovers of traditional chocolate, there are still options you can try. Carob makes for a tasty substitute and can be found in many freefrom chocolate alternatives.

Not sure which ingredient is to blame?

If picking out your individual trigger foods feels like choosing from a selection box without the menu, we can help.

Each and every one of us has our own unique profile when it comes to food intolerance and using guesswork can take a long time, especially as it’s fairly typical to have 3 to 4 reactions on average.

Our simple finger prick home-to-lab test analyses reactions to 134 food and drink ingredients, providing you with clear results in just 3 days. The sooner you know your profile, the sooner you can make the changes you need in order to feel fantastic.

Find out more here

Smartblood Story - Julia's Intolerance to Dairy

Julia is a market trader, and also studying speech and language therapy. Julia has suffered with regular migraines for over 22 years, and has tried everything to get rid of them, even ice baths!

It wasn't until Julia had a Smartblood food intolerance test recommended to her by one of her friends that she found out that she had raised IgG antibody levels to many dairy products. Replacing these foods with others on the advice of a Smartblood nutritional therapist has made a big difference in Julia's life - her migraines have vanished, and she would recommend a Smartblood test to anybody.

It’s estimated that those with trigger foods actually react to between 4 and 6 ingredients and the results can be surprising. Anything from prawns to potatoes can present a problem.

If you think dairy is causing you discomfort, cut out the guesswork with a Smartblood test. With results available in as little as 3 days, you don’t have to wait long to take control of your diet and see the benefits.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

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1st Step Test

  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
£19.75Free p&p
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Smartblood Test

  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation
£249.75Free p&p

If you think that a food intolerance may be responsible for your symptoms then we believe that our easy to complete tests could help you. SImply choose either a 1st-step indicator test for a positive/negative result overall or find out all of your food intolerances out at once with the full Smartblood test.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

Image

1st Step Test

£19.75
  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
Image

Smartblood Test

£249.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation

If you think that you may have a food intolerance then we believe that our easy to complete tests could help you. SImply choose either a 1st-step indicator test for a positive/negative result overall or find out all of your food intolerances out at once with the full Smartblood test.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete programme that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

Image

1st Step Test

£19.75
  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
Image

Smartblood Test

£249.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation