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Food intolerance test: What is the purpose?

by Suborna Fermi Web Design & Digital Marketing

Food intolerance is a very common condition nowadays that develops when your body cannot efficiently digest certain foods. Although this condition can affect anyone, it is more common in people who are already suffering from a digestive system disorder. Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for this condition, but you can take steps to manage your symptoms.       


What is a food intolerance test? 


A food intolerance test is a diagnostic test to determine whether you are sensitive to certain foods. The Thyrocare food intolerance test examines 217 parameters, which is ideal for determining specific food intolerances. A thyrocare test also comes with free home sample collection facilities. 


What is the purpose of the food intolerance test? 


Food intolerance and food allergies both cause various symptoms associated with the digestive system. That is why it can be very difficult to determine the condition by only examining the symptoms. A food intolerance blood test can help detect whether you are sensitive to food. This test can help detect various types of food sensitivities. The common types are: 


  • Gluten intolerance: Gluten is one of the most common food intolerances. Gluten is a type of  protein that is found in wheat, rye, and barley. People with gluten intolerance find it difficult to digest gluten. As this condition is different from celiac disease, it is also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity.       

  • Lactose intolerance: Lactose is a sugar present in dairy products. People with lactose intolerance do not produce enough lactase, which is an essential enzyme to break down lactose. 

  • Fructose intolerance: Fructose intolerance is a very rare inherited condition. Fructose is also a sugar found in certain fruits, vegetables, and honey. 

  • Histamine intolerance: Histamine is a chemical that can be naturally found in many fruits and vegetables. People who have histamine intolerance do not produce enough diamine oxidase enzymes to break down histamine. 


When should I go for this test? 


Your healthcare provider may ask you to take this test if you are having symptoms that may indicate food intolerance. Most people with food intolerance experience the following symptoms: 


  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Abdominal pain

  • Gas

  • Bloating

  • Upset stomach

  • Heartburn 

  • Diarrhea


You may also require this test if you have certain risk factors for food intolerance. The risk factors include: 


  • Family history of food allergies or sensitivity

  • Asthma

  • Dust allergy


What happens in a food intolerance test? 


In a food intolerance blood test, a phlebotomist will collect a sample of blood through a vein in your arm. You might feel a tingling sensation at the time the needle is inserted. However, the bruising will ease away on its own within a day. Also, you are not required to fast for this test. 


The best treatment plan for food intolerance is to avoid exposure to the food you are sensitive to. If you are lactose-intolerant, try to avoid dairy products or eat lactose-free products. On the other hand, if you are gluten-intolerant, try to eat gluten-free products. However, getting help from a dietician will be helpful to improve your eating style.



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