15th July 2013 | Author:
Dangerous Diets and Imagined Allergies, Myths busted by Thehealthcounter
Self diagnosis of food intolerances and allergies on the internet is leading many of us to change our diets in a dangerous way according to the UK’s leading experts.
According to an article published by Dr Carina Venter an allergy specialist at the University of Portsmouth, many of us are leaving vital food groups out of our diets.
A point in case was a woman who 25 years ago suffered from a tightening of her throat after eating a lemon, orange, melon and lettuce salad. After full testing carried out at the university it was found that she was in fact not allergic to any of these and for 25 years she had avoid meals based on these ingredients. These incidences are thought to be related to ‘Idiopathic anaphylaxis’ which causes a random reaction to an allergen or stimulus which in turn causes blood pressure to drop and a sudden closing of the airways.
This is not to say allergies are not dangerous. True allergies can be experienced from even the slightest exposure to trace amounts of food containing the allergy. One of the only food allergy tests recommended by the UK’s leading experts is the York test . The best approach to food allergies is to firstly see a GP who will give you a referral to a dietician. A nutritionally balanced diet along with an elimination diet(followed by reintroduction of the avoided foods) would be the dietician’s course of action.
Self misdiagnosis problems are also not helped by the hundreds of celebrity food fads and diets publicised on the internet. Among these are the Alcorexia/Drunkorexia diet, 6 Weeks to OMG and ‘Party Girl’ IV Drip diet. They are on the British Dietetic Association’s list of fad diets and their names are very much a clue to their ridiculous and highly dangerous nature.
The following are the main areas of food excluded in many diets. If you suspect you have an intolerance to any of these, again the best course of action is to get a proper diagnosis.
- Wheat is a source of vitamin B and iron. These can directly affect concentration and leave you susceptible to infection.
- Dairy is an important source of protein and calcium for children but for everyone dairy contains key nutrients potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, magnesium and vitamin D.
- Alcohol is high in calories but doesn’t contain any carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins or minerals which help in the maintenance of bodily functions. It also limits the absorption of nutrients.
- Seafood is a prime source of low fat protein and omega 3 oils which are encouraged for heart health.