Symptoms of Food Intolerance

and the foods we tend to find reactive....


If you suffer with one or more of the following symptoms, you might have a food intolerance:

  • dark circles or puffiness under the eyes
  • fluid retention
  • dermatitis
  • sinus congestion, rhinitis
  • insomnia, fatigue
  • abdominal pain
  • joint inflammation
  • fibromyalgia
  • inability to lose weight
  • indigestion,  IBS
  • headache
  • chronic ear infections
  • asthma
  • eczema
  • mood swings
  • poor memory
  • anxiety or depression
  • palpitations


Commonly allergenic foods tested in the Food Detective Test

  •  CEREALS – Corn, Durum Wheat, Gluten, Oats, Rice, Rye, Wheat.
  •  NUTS & BEANS – Almond, Brazil Nut, Cashew, Cocoa Bean, Peanut, Legume Mix (pea, lentil, haricot), Soya Bean, Walnut.
  •  MEATS – Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork.
  •  FISH – Freshwater Fish Mix (salmon, trout), Shellfish Mix (shrimp, prawn, crab, lobster, mussel), Tuna, White Fish Mix (haddock, cod, plaice)
  •  VEGETABLES – Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Leek, Peppers (red, green, yellow), Potato.
  •  FRUITS – Apple, Blackcurrant, Grapefruit, Melon Mix (cantaloupe, water melon), Olive, Orange & Lemon, Strawberry, Tomato
  •  OTHER – Egg (whole), Cow’s Milk, Garlic, Ginger, Mushroom, Tea, Yeast.

Allergy or Intolerance?

There's a big difference....

Genuine food allergy is rare. About 2% of the population (and 8% of children under the age of three) are affected. A food allergy is a rapid and potentially serious response to a food by your immune system. It can trigger classic allergy symptoms such as a rash, wheezing and itching. The most common food allergies among adults are to fish and shellfish and nuts – including peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts and brazil nuts. Children often have allergies to milk and eggs as well as to peanuts, other nuts and fish.

Food intolerances are more common than food allergies. The symptoms of food intolerance tend to come on more slowly, often many hours after eating the problem food. It’s possible to be intolerant to several different foods. This can make it difficult to identify which foods are causing the problem

Food allergy:

  • Symptoms come on within seconds or minutes of eating the food
  • In extreme cases it can be life-threatening
  • Even a tiny trace of the food can cause a reaction
  • It is easily diagnosed with tests

 Food intolerance:

  • Symptoms come on more slowly and are long-lasting. They often involve the digestive system
  • It’s never life-threatening
  • A reasonable portion of food is usually needed to cause a reaction, although some people can be sensitive to small amounts
  • You may crave the problem food

Recent studies suggest that about 40% of us have some degree of food intolerance. Most intolerances have a slow but cumulative effect on our health, that may eventually impair the immune system - but it’s the extent of our sensitivity that determines whether or not it turns into a chronic health problem.