Monday, October 19, 2020

Wheat Allergy? Don’t Eat These Foods!

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Wheat allergies are one of the most common types of food allergies that women get.

Although many adults suffer from this allergy – it is most oftentimes found during childhood.

Sometimes children will eventually grow out of their wheat allergy as their immune system strengthens.

There are also many adults that will also develop allergies to wheat.

Wheat is found in a variety of foods including foods that you would not even associate with wheat.

For example soy sauce is often made with wheat, so it is important once you are diagnosed with an allergy that you become a very vigilant label reader.

Symptoms of Wheat Allergies

An allergic reaction to eating wheat can vary from person to person.

With some people the reaction is immediate, with others it can take a few hours.

The severity of these symptoms will also vary. Some may just feel bloated and a bit gassy while others may have a serve reaction like anaphylaxis which will require immediate medical intervention.

Other commons symptoms for this allergy include skin irritations or hives, gastrointestinal problems, runny noses, swelling of the airways, and congested sinuses.

The more serious reactions include rapid pulse, dizziness, airway constriction, and shock.

Treatment of Wheat Allergies

Once you have been diagnosed with a wheat allergy the only known way to not have any further reactions is to completely avoid all foods containing wheat.

Make sure that you are properly diagnosed to make sure it is a wheat allergy and not confused with a gluten disease called celiac disease.

Your doctor will do both a blood test and a skin test to determine your level of sensitivity to wheat.

Once you have been diagnosed you will want to begin to remove all wheat from your diet.

Reading labels is a good place to start but you need to go a little further with educating yourself about foods containing wheat.

Many foods list things like natural flavoring or spices, they oftentimes contain wheat.

If during your diagnosis your doctor finds a high sensitivity to wheat he or she may recommend that you carry an Epi-pen with you in case you inadvertently ingest wheat.

Some doctors may also request that you wear a medic-alert bracelet as many drugs are made with wheat fillers.

For most sufferers simple avoidance will be enough.

The good news for those who suffer with allergies to wheat products is that many food manufacturers have seen this as a new market place.

They are making good tasting wheat alternative foods so you will not feel deprived from your favorites foods like pasta, cakes and even cookies.

2 COMMENTS

  1. NG

    Allergy is one of the pathological phenomena that occur when the immune system of human body gets, to some extent, disabled. Although numerous factors have allegedly been found as those related to allergy, it depends on the physical constitution of people.

    When the rules for maintaining good health are not kept properly, the functional imbalance of internal organs turns severer thereby developing into allergy.

    There may be many family members who are suffering this, but the allergy, itself, is not a hereditary disease; only the physical constitution that shares some bad factors is passed down.

    The prime suspect of what evokes allergy in the human body is the condition of immune mechanism. And doctors of oriental medicine believe immune system and internal organs are closely related. The disharmony of internal organs can be found on everyone in some ways or other. What matters is its degree.

    The types of allergy vary from skin disease to those like rhinitis, asthma, conjunctivitis, etc. Allergy is found on the weakest point of body under the disorder of immune system: nose, bronchi, eyes, skin. For example, when a person suffers skin disease and rhinitis in turn, the symptoms are different but the cause is the same.

    In terms of oriental medicine, the only way to cure it is to enhance its own physical constitution. What is short and much in the body’s internal condition need to be diagnosed first, and then the tuning between them should be made.

  2. GemmaNZ

    Aldi supermarket chain voluntarily decided to ban six synthetic food colourings in its Australian own-brand range. This move was prompted by a University of Southampton study published in 2007 in The Lancet medical journal, indicating a link between these colours and hyperactivity in children. Aldi’s action was endorsed by the consumer group Choice, and the Food Intolerance Network, both of which would like to see an Australian ban.
    The six colourings in question are Tartrazine (102), Quinoline Yellow (104), Sunset Yellow (110), Carmoisine (122), Ponceau (124) and Allura Red (129.) Other symptoms linked to some of these colours include allergic reactions such as hives, dermatitis, and asthma. Of the six, tartrazine is generally considered to be the most likely to cause an allergic response.
    Each of these colours is currently banned in a range of European countries, and the UK’s Food Standards Agency was sufficiently impressed by the Southampton study to ask manufacturers to voluntarily stop using the colours by this year.
    … Nestlé declared that it would remove the artificial colours from its Smarties sold in Australia, changing over to natural plant-based colours
    Other companies are making similar moves to Aldi. Both Coles and Woolworths are in the process of removing these additives from their own-brand ranges. Last December, food giant Nestlé declared that it would remove the artificial colours from its Smarties sold in Australia, changing over to natural plant-based colours. Aldi is in the process of removing some preservatives and a further eight colourings from its own range.
    Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has declined to act, claiming that Australian children consume the additives at far lower levels than in the Southampton study: in FSANZ’s estimation, this study shows very weak evidence of a link. Australian regulation of additives is based on what is known as an Acceptable Daily Intake, the maximum amount that FSANZ believes can be safely consumed on a daily basis.
    FSANZ also encourages children to eat healthier foods that are unlikely to contain any artificial colours, and suggests that parents check product labels. However, this is made harder for the public due to the fact that a few years ago FSANZ deregulated ingredient labelling. Whereas before a minimum font size was required, today the print is only required to be ‘legible’, a term that is open to a range of interpretations. Sue Dengate of the Food Intolerance Network also points out that children are exposed to these colourings, unlabelled, in school canteens.
    In its recent report Eating in the Dark, Greenpeace is critical of FSANZ for its approvals of genetically modified foods, and calls for an urgent review of the process. To date, the regulator has approved every single GM food application submitted to it, a track record rare among the international community. No safety testing of foods is carried out.
    On the whole, FSANZ is seen by its critics as being too friendly to industry. In another similar example last year, it rejected the mandatory labelling of ‘trans’ fats that have been linked to heart disease; in the opinion of the US-based National Academy of Sciences, there is no safe level for these fats. The justification of FSANZ for its position was that Australians consume less trans fats than saturated fats, which pose more of a health risk.
    According to its own stated objectives, key goals of FSANZ include minimising industry regulation, and enhancing international competitiveness. New South Wales Greens MP John Kaye has pointed out that the board is biased towards members with food industry links.
    Late last year, FSANZ received an open letter signed by more than a hundred childhood health, education and dietary experts, warning that the government was not doing enough to protect childhood health.

Gloria Brown
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