Food Intolerance - Smartblood Q&A

Food intolerance friendly packed lunches

As the kids head back to school, the task of putting together tasty, balanced packed lunches also returns.

The morning scramble to get everyone ready can make pack ups challenging enough, but what do you do when you need to account for food intolerances too? Read on for some of our top tips.

Getting away from gluten

Sandwiches are a staple of the packed lunch so, if you’re going gluten free, it can feel a little daunting knowing which quick and easy alternatives to replace them with. Fortunately, you can do a straight swap, thanks to the huge variety of Free From breads and wraps. You also switch to gluten free pasta for pasta salads that can be made in bulk, in advance.

Want to get rid of gluten completely? Try making wraps with cold cuts of ham or turkey or replace pasta with rice salads.  

Doing without dairy

Dairy snacks are another lunchtime favourite. From yoghurts to mini cheeses, most lunchboxes will contain some kind of milk-based treat.

If you’re looking for good alternatives to replace cows’ milk, there are a range of dairy-free substitutes available on the market. Oat, nut and coconut milks and yoghurts are easy to get hold of and come in a variety of delicious flavours.

Snackable cheeses made from nuts are also available in most supermarkets and made a handy, grab and go alternative.

Avoiding egg

Hard boiled eggs are a quick and cheap source of protein but if eggs are a problem, there are other ways to pack a protein punch in your lunch.

Cooked meats and tuna provide a great source of protein, as does cottage cheese, hummus and edamame beans.

Is something else in their lunchbox causing problems?

While the foods listed above are some of the more common triggers, it’s actually the case that people with a food intolerance will react to between 4 and 6 foods, and often they are ingredients you would never suspect.

Anything from tuna to tomatoes can cause issues, it’s a case of understanding your own unique food intolerance profile.

What are the signs of a food intolerance?

Food intolerances can occur when your body’s immune system mistakes a food protein as a threat, releasing antibodies to fight it. This reaction can lead to a host of conditions related to inflammation.

Headaches, brain fog, IBS, bloating, low mood and joint pain are all reactions that can result from a food intolerance, as well as skin complaints such as eczema or acne.

Allergy or intolerance?

It’s particularly important to understand the different between allergy and intolerance when it comes to packed lunches, with more caution being applied to foods such as nuts, which can trigger severe allergy for some.

The terms ‘food intolerance’ and ‘food allergy’ are often used interchangeably. While they are commonly mistaken and misunderstood, the two reactions involved are very different.

True food allergies are relatively rare, affecting only around 2% of adults and 6-8% of children. Intolerances are far more common, with around 45% of the UK population thought to be living with a food intolerance.

Getting a handle on your diet

Getting to the bottom of a food intolerance can be frustrating. A common recommendation is the elimination diet, where you remove one food at a time for a few weeks to see how you feel. But this process can take a long time. And, although many of us commonly react to a few different ingredients, the elimination diet is often abandoned when the first trigger food is found, leaving an incomplete picture of what’s causing the problem.

Get answers faster with Smartblood

When it comes to food intolerance testing, it’s important to do your research and choose a reputable laboratory testing company.

At Smartblood, we offer a comprehensive test to help you take control of your diet quickly and discover your own trigger foods.

Our home-to-laboratory service gives you fast, accurate results that pinpoint exactly which foods you are reacting to. Tests are completed in our accredited laboratory by trained experts, with clear, easy to understand results sent to you via email within three days.

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
  • £110 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation
£129.75Free 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

£129.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £110 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

£129.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £110 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation