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.

a2 Milk™ launched in the UK five years ago with celebrity endorsement but not much scientific support. In recent years, a few studies have been forthcoming, and the brand has paid for dozens of advertorials and blogs – but does a1 protein intolerance even exist, can a2 Milk™ really solve digestive problems, and can the marketing cause confusion to those with milk allergies? Read more here.

 

When the Pope wrote to his bishops in June on the subject of wheat and gluten in eucharistic hosts, there was a huge (but inaccurate) fuss in the media. Had the Vatican really banned gluten-free hosts? Were there real and dangerous consequences for coeliac Catholics? Read more here.

 

 

Gluten-free panettone, gluten-free colomba, Avola almond milk, vegan biscuits – and some food products labelled nickel-free (Is that a first for free from?). I went along to the Bellavita Italian food and drink festival in north London, and found a fair amount of free from products … Read more about it here.

 

 

“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 on the product pictured 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.

 

 

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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