Sufferers of food intolerance are often told that ‘it is all in the mind’ which causes stress only exasperating the problem further. Usually the symptoms of food intolerance are treated with medications and creams rather than efforts being made to discover the triggers that cause the problem. Patients are often told that if intestinal symptoms are not severe enough or there is no intestinal damage then an intolerance is not present but still consuming trace amounts of the offending food item or items may be responsible for persistent symptoms in some people.
Intolerance testing may be beneficial to help you identify which foods you are intolerant to. Food Detective™ is a simple finger prick test. It measures IgG antibodies which may be linked to inflammatory conditions in the body which can manifest in a range of health issues. A reaction tray is spotted with food protein extracts which a small diluted blood sample is added to. Through the use of detector and developer solution the presence of food antibodies are identified as one or more blue spots on the tray.
Food Detective™ can identify reactions to 59 commonly consumed foods. Some of the foods tested include wheat, rye, brazil nuts, beef, shellfish, salmon, cabbage, tomato, orange and lemon, egg, cow’s milk, garlic and yeast.
The test takes just 40 min to carry out and the results will be analysed and discussed during the 90 min consultation. Safe and effective ways of cutting out the offending foods will be discussed and alternative foods suggested. Food Detective™ is manufactured by Cambridge Nutritional Sciences Ltd and owned by Omega Diagnostics Group plc.