My Experience Taking a Food Intolerance Test

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{AD | SPONSORED POST} Longtime blog readers will know that I’ve struggled with IBS for a number of years, now. For the most part, I’ve learnt how to manage the condition. And I’ve removed all noticeable trigger foods and ingredients from my diet (onions, and any excess of gluten).

However, I still have bouts of IBS. So it felt like a good idea to take a food intolerance test, to highlight any other triggering ingredients that I hadn’t previously identified. And that is where YorkTest comes in…

YorkTest is an award winning Food Intolerance & Allergy Testing company, providing super-easy, at-home food intolerance tests. I took their Premium Food Intolerance test, last month, which was quick and painless (it’s one finger-prick for a tiny blood sample, which is then tested against 208 of the most common food and drink ingredients). My test results arrived back in less than a week, and flagged up a number of intolerances. I’ll get into my results in a moment, but first wanted to provide more of the need-to-know details…

The York Test Food Kit

What is the difference between an intolerance and an allergy?

“A food allergy causes a reaction to someone’s immune system which can result in severe or life-threatening consequences,” YorkTest explain. Food intolerances are less severe than allergies. But intolerances have been associated with a wide range of disruptive conditions. Here are the most common food intolerance symptoms:

·         Abdominal pain or cramping
·         Gas and bloating
·         Vomiting
·         Tiredness
·         Headaches and migraines
·         Skin issues, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or urticaria
·         Constipation or diarrhoea

How common are food intolerances?

According to YorkTest’s research, up to 45% of the UK population has some kind of food sensitivity or intolerance. But only 3% of the UK population suffer from a food allergy.

The York Test

After sending in your blood sample, YorkTest conduct a igG test and within 10 days provide you with a detailed breakdown of your results.

The results are colour-coded. Ingredients that fall into the green column show that no reaction has been detected. Whereas, ingredients that generated a strong reaction appear in the red column, and borderline reactions appear amber. (If you’ve successfully eliminated certain foods from your diet – like gluten – that intolerance may not show up on your results).

My test results showed that I have a strong reaction to egg white, egg yolk, almonds and cow’s milk. And reported borderline reactions to coconut and goat’s milk.

This was somewhat-surprising, because I eat eggs all the time, and had never even considered they could be a food trigger for me. However, I violently hate the taste of goat’s milk and goat’s cheese, and cow’s milk has always made me feel sick. So those results didn’t come as a shock.

The York Test

When you receive the results of your Premium Food Intolerance test, you’re entitled to two 30-minute telephone consultations with one of YorkTest’s nutritional therapists. And you’re also provided with a 12-week food and drinks diary, so you can monitor your symptoms as you eliminate trigger ingredients from your diet.

I’m now avoiding eggs for the foreseeable future, to see whether that has a positive impact on my IBS symptoms. Like I said before, eggs aren’t something I ever suspected having a reaction to, so I have YorkTest to thank for bringing this to my attention.

Do you think you’re suffering from food intolerances? Have you ever considered taking a food intolerance test? Find out more about YorkTest’s products here.

{This blog post was sponsored by YorkTest}

Photos by Lydia Collins

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  1. Alice says:

    I’m really sorry to post this comment, because I normally love and support what you do, but I’m so surprised to see you promoting the YorkTest. A number of esteemed researchers from universities across the UK and allergy research groups have shared a number of reports about the inaccuracy of such tests. One such example is this report, from Sense about Science: https://senseaboutscience.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Making-Sense-of-Allergies-1.pdf
    I’d suggest having a read and seeing what you think, but there isn’t much evidence to support the use of these kinds of tests.

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