Welcome to Allergy Insight

Allergy Insight is dedicated to taking an informative, analytical and sometimes critical look at all topical issues concerning allergy – in particular food allergy – as well as coeliac disease, food intolerance, restricted diets, gut disorders such as IBS, and other food hypersensitivities.

To navigate the site, use the menu above, or the categories on the right. See some new or topical articles below.

 

“These cakes do not contain dairy cream” is not the sort of declaration you expect to see on a milk chocolate product from Cadbury’s – but that’s what we have here. Is the labelling misleading? Could it put some people – especially children – with milk allergy at risk? Many in the allergy community appear to think so. Read what they, and Premier Foods, have to say about the matter here.

 

Introducing the new release of The Beginner’s Guide to Histamine Intolerance, by Dr Janice Joneja – one of the world’s foremost experts on this curious, little-known food intolerance. Might you be effected by excess histamine in the diet. If so, how can you find out – and what can you do about it? This book explores what you need to know. Review here.

 

 

It’s Coeliac Awareness Week – and Real Bread Week. Sustain’s definition of ‘real’ bread means that very few gluten-free loaves qualify for ‘real’ status – but should their strict rules be relaxed so that healthy GF breads get more acknowledgement, especially when the nutritional adequacy of free from foods are under so much scrutiny? Read more here.

 

More alarming gluten-free headlines – not concerning diabetes this time, but heart health. Reports suggest that ditching the gluten raises your risk of cardiovascular disease, but was the media reporting accurate, and how relevant was the work of Harvard researchers to those with coeliac disease? Read more here.

 

 

Every year the Natural and Organic Products Europe show throws up some excellent free from products from around the continent. This year, the vegan and dairy free products stole the show – with some terrific yogurts, cheeses and butter! Check out our report here.

 

 

Gluten free liquorice is not always easy to find, but there are brands which use rice or corn rather than wheat in their confectionary. Here we round up some of the best on the market, in the UK, Europe and US.

 

 

Triticale, emmer, einkorn … do you know your alternative gluten grains? Even if you do – someone serving you in a restaurant may not always be so well informed. Here’s why it’s worth staying on your guard …

 

 

PPD is a potentially dangerous allergen, found in many hair dyes, which can cause extremely serious reactions. This article looks at the problem, and lists some PPD-free hair colour recommendations for you to try.

 

 

 

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