A nut intolerance is very different than an allergy. In an allergy, the body’s autoimmune system’s response to substances it considers a harmful antigen. In a food allergy the body mistakes certain proteins in food as harmful and creates an inflammatory response. In a food intolerance, rather than the offensive food setting off an autoimmune response, instead it usually just disrupts or upsets the digestive tract. The common nut intolerances are peanuts and tree nuts (such as walnuts, pecans, almonds).
Signs and symptoms of a nut intolerance include: nausea, stomach pain, gas, cramps, bloating, vomiting, diarrhea, heartburn, headaches, and gastric irritability. Which are not to be confused with the more serious signs of an allergic reaction such as: hives, rash, shortness of breath, chest pain, and anaphylaxis.
For those with corn intolerance, finding food that is alright to eat can be difficult. The processed foods we eat on a regular basis, all contain some type of corn product. It may be in the form of corn syrup, vanilla, or corn starch. Many of those who are inflicted with this intolerance do not realize it. It needs to be understood that an intolerance to a food and allergy are two different things. Only a small percentage of the population is allergic to food items. It is still important, no matter which you are dealing with, to know how to find foods you can eat and how to stay healthy.
Oat intolerance is what is known as Celiac Disease. This means that the body’s immune system reacts to certain substances as though they were causing harm and were an enemy therefore launching an immune response attack. This can be problematic to one’s health of course and cause dietary problems as a suitable replacement for oats is needed. It is not uncommon for people to have celiac disease associated with wheat, barley and rye but recent studies have shown that it is now also associated with intolerance to oat.
Diabetics and weight watchers are known to consume foods that are mostly sugar-free and when you eat sugar free foods, you are also consuming a product called Sorbitol, a sugar substitute that is used in these products. Sorbitol also goes by the name glucitol and it is a sugar alcohol that is metabolized by the body by reducing the glucose level found in the body. As a sugar substitute, it is listed as an inactive ingredient found in a number of artificial food products.