Welcome to Allergy Insight

Allergy Insight is dedicated to taking an informative, analytical and sometimes critical look at all 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.

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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.



Does a gluten-free diet lead to increased risk of type 2 diabetes, as many sections of the media are claiming, following research from Harvard University? Or was this just another case of poor coverage of matters gluten and nutrition? Read more.



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.



What were the highs and lows of 2016 in the world of free from, food allergy and gluten-related disorders? Here’s a round-up of the saints and sinners from the last 12 months – including a long list of terrible media coverage …



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.



Low FODMAP foods – designed for those with IBS for whom a low-FODMAP diet can often offer symptomatic relief – are on their way, with increasing numbers of manufacturers turning their attention to producing sauces, oils, bars, flavourings and more …




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