What’s Behind Food Intolerance?

AlterNet / By Casey Lazonick

I Love Food, But Food Doesn’t Love Me — What’s Behind Food Intolerance?

What happens when you find out that most of the food you enjoy is making you sick?
March 3, 2012  |

Photo Credit: Dano via Flickr

Over the last few decades the way we eat and prepare our food has changed drastically. The majority of the food we consume is either restaurant-made or store-bought, and we have become completely dependent on easily accessible food to accommodate our fast-paced lifestyles.

But what happens when you find out you can no longer eat most of these easily accessible foods because they are making you sick? That is what happened to me. Like growing numbers of people, I have come to recognize that I have food intolerances.

The number of people being diagnosed with lactose intolerance, gluten allergies, soy intolerance, and diabetes is growing at a rapid pace. A food intolerance exists when the body can’t ingest or metabolize food properly, causing pain and discomfort that often prevents the body from absorbing important nutrients. A food intolerance is not the same thing as a food allergy, which is an overreaction of the immune system and can be deadly. (Read more)

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