Food Intolerance - Smartblood Q&A

The perfect free from hot chocolate

With the end of summer comes the promise of crunchy leaves and chilly air. What better way to warm up on an autumn walk than with a gloriously decadent flask of hot chocolate? It’s one of our beloved cold weather drinks but, if you have certain intolerances, a mugful might not leave you with that warm and fuzzy feeling.

So, how can we recreate this delicious drink in a Free From friendly fashion?

What are the key ingredients of a hot chocolate?

Depending on the type of hot chocolate, most blends include a mix of cocoa and sugar, made with milk and sometimes also containing milk powder. Flavoured hot chocolates may also contain ingredients like mint, orange essence or even chili.

Going for the full works? An extra indulgent cup can also feature a squirt of dairy cream and a few chewy marshmallows.

Unsurprisingly then, this dairy-heavy drink poses a few problems for those of use with an intolerance to cows’ milk. The double, or even triple hit of dairy in the milk, mix and cream can put a lot of stress on a sensitive tummy.

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.

The symptoms of food intolerances can vary in type and severity. Some of the common problems people can experience include bloating and IBS, skin rashes, eczema and acne, migraine or respiratory problems like rhinitis.

Deliciously dairy free

Fortunately, we have never had so much choice when it comes to dairy free alternatives. There are lots of options available on the market to experiment with. From nut-based milks like almond or hazelnut to oat, coconut, soya and even hemp, if you are avoiding cows’ milk, it’s likely one of these substitutes can help you whip up a tasty treat.

Missing that sweet swirl of cream on top? Luckily you can also get your hands on free from whipped cream alternatives in the supermarket. 

Are there different types of dairy intolerance?

When it comes to food intolerance, dairy is a more complex ingredient than others. It is possible to experience similar symptoms caused by a reaction to dairy, but for different biological reasons.

Lactose intolerance involves a specific reaction to lactose - the sugar found in milk. A person with lactose intolerance can consume lacto-free dairy products.

Dairy or milk intolerance involves a reaction to casein - the protein found in milk. A person with dairy intolerance will need to avoid dairy products altogether. Lacto-free products will also trigger problems as they still contain casein.

Take control of your diet

If you are suffering with the symptoms of a food intolerance and have spoken with your GP to rule out any other serious underlying condition, it might be time to take a closer look at 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. 

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