Food Intolerance - Smartblood Q&A

Packing a food intolerance friendly picnic

The weather is warming up and, with social distancing still recommended, outdoor picnics are a great way to get together and enjoy the summer safely.

But for those of us with a food intolerance, many of our traditional picnic favourites can feel like they’re off the menu.

With more Free-From alternatives hitting the shelves than ever before, there’s never been so much inspiration available to make sure, when it comes to food intolerances, you never have to skip a social event.

Here are some of our favourite suggestions for a delicious Free-From picnic.

Gluten free goodies

Sandwiches are a staple of the summer picnic, but for those of us with a gluten intolerance, they never get a prime spot on our plates.

Fortunately, there is a wealth of gluten free breads and wraps now on the market, with most major supermarkets offering their own versions, as well as branded products like Genius, Warburtons and BeFree.  

If you’re steering clear of bread all together, why not try some fun and fresh alternatives, such as lettuce cups with tasty fillings, swapping out the bread with marinated cooked flat mushrooms or gluten free puff pastry tartlets, loaded with your favourite toppings. 

Delicious dairy-free

From creamy dips to the ubiquitous cheese board, dairy can dominate the picnic plate. But you can still put together an amazing spread without it.

If you’re looking for tasty accompaniments for your crudites, swap out dairy dips for Free-From alternatives, using soya or coconut yoghurt as a base. Adding nutritional yeast packs a punch when it comes to recreating a cheesy flavour.

If dairy intolerance makes you wary of bringing baked goods, there are plenty of alternatives you can use. This handy chart from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition shows you helpful baking substitutes for milk, butter and cream, as well as milk chocolate, cheese and buttermilk.

Excellent egg-free alternatives

It wouldn’t be a picnic without a dollop of mayonnaise. From potato salad and coleslaw to a hearty spoonful for dipping, mayo is a mainstay. But if you have an egg intolerance, you might often find the picnic selection a little limiting.

Thankfully, egg-free mayo is now easy to find on the supermarket shelves. Look for vegan labels and explore the Free-From aisles to find a range of own brand and big brand egg-free alternatives.

If you’re a fan of bringing baked goods to the picnic, there are a range of ways to replace egg in your favourite treats. Eggs can be substituted with natural ingredients such as applesauce, banana, or flax seeds. We love this handy guide, showing the perfect quantities of alternatives needed to replace eggs in your favourite bakes.

A little tipple

For some of us, the picnic just isn’t complete without a cheeky cold beverage. But if you have a yeast, wheat, gluten, or even fruit intolerance, many alcoholic drinks can cause you more problems than just a fuzzy head. Take a look at our recent blog on beer and bloating for a refresher on great alternatives.

Is something else at the picnic causing problems?

While dairy, gluten and eggs are all common ingredients when it comes to food intolerance, they are by no means the only foods that can cause issues.

It’s estimated that around 45% of the UK population has some kind of food intolerance. Often, they go undetected for years, causing mild, but persistent and frustrating problems that stop you from feeling your best. 

We often blame ‘the usual suspects’, but anything in your diet, from tuna to tomatoes, could be behind a host of unwanted symptoms.

What are the signs of a food intolerance?

Food intolerances, which can occur when your body’s immune system mistakes a food protein as a threat, releasing antibodies to fight it, can cause a host of inflammation.

Headaches, brain fog, skin complaints like eczema or acne and joint pain are all reactions that can result from a food intolerance, as well as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and bloating.

Take control of 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.  

Dedicated nutritional support

Importantly, our tests include a telephone consultation with our BANT registered Nutritional Therapist. This additional support is there to help you understand your results and put a plan together to make safe, sustainable changes to optimise your diet.  

Find out more about our tests

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