Food intolerance can be regarded as a somewhat hidden epidemic. It is not a well known disease because only a few scientists in Denmark and abroad are aware of the phenomenon. Many people discover allergic-type symptoms but the allergy test and the blood test can not find the cause. Symptoms such as eczema, diarrhea, stomach ache, bloating, head ache and joint pain. Not all symptoms at once and not all symptoms with one person, but problems that can make an every day life unpleasant.
There can be various causes to food intolerance. For instance a hypersensivity to a matter on the molecular level. It can also be a missing enzyme that is required in your system to break down a certain food. Hypersensitivity is often developed through an unbalanced diet for example overconsuming one specific food through a period of time. An excessive intake can cause a reaction and the symptoms are often:
Why do some people suffer from food intolerance and food allergy?
Food intolerance and food allergy can both be hereditary or a result of a certain lifestyle. Parents with allergies can be disposed of having children with allergies. The problems can also have occurred early in childhood for example premature babies often develop allegies because their intestinal tract is not fully developed at birth. Also a baby that is breastfed less than 6 months have a higher risk of developing allegies because the intestinal tract is still developing when foreign proteins enters the body. Later in life repeated treatments of antibiotics, the use of birth control pills and fever, the flu and poisoning can increase the risk of developing allergy and intolerance.
When we as a baby have to break down the lactose we need the enzyme lactase. If we lack this enzyme in our bodies the lactose cannot be broken down properly. This can be the issue with children being fed instant formula or other food that contains lactose. Adults can also have problems breaking down lactose.