Medical Nutrition for Food Intolerances
Do you have a food intolerance, such as lactose intolerance, or a food allergy such as peanuts? It can be overwhelming to know how to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet when foods need to be eliminated.
Food allergy or food intolerance?
First, let’s look at the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance. If you eat something to which you are allergic, you will have a reaction such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swollen extremities. There is no cure for food allergies, and avoidance is the only way to prevent a reaction. Symptoms of food allergies can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.
Food intolerance is when you feel symptoms such as an upset stomach, cramping, or diarrhea. For people who have a gluten intolerance, eating gluten can lead to diarrhea, bloating, gas, fatigue, low blood count (anemia), and osteoporosis. A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) at Nutrition HealthWorks can design a gluten-free diet plan that meets your nutrition needs and eliminates symptoms caused by gluten intake.
Benefits of Nutrition Counseling
Whether you have an allergy or an intolerance, it is vital to know which ingredients your body reacts to and which ingredients are in the foods you eat. Eliminating specific foods or groups of foods to avoid an intolerance or allergy can lead to nutrient deficiencies.
The registered dietitian nutritionists at Nutrition HealthWorks can help you develop a healthy eating plan based on your specific needs. You will learn to read food labels to identify specific allergens. Your dietitian will provide lists of foods not only to avoid but also foods that are safe for you to eat based on your preferences.
Your dietitian can assist you in meal planning and provide strategies to adhere to in your diet when dining out. You might even discover that you can eat a wider range of foods than you previously thought.