Q: I think I might be allergic to nightshade vegetables. What are the symptoms?
A: It’s rare but not impossible to have an allergy to edible nightshades. It’s more common to have an intolerance to them.
Nightshade vegetables—which include bell peppers, cayenne or chili peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, white potatoes, and goji berries—gained their … Read More
Gluten, a protein found in whole grains, causes a reaction in people with celiac disease, gluten ataxia (an autoimmune disorder), and non-celiac gluten intolerance. Today, it is understood that refraining from eating gluten can help people suffering from these diseases digest food normally.
As a result of this knowledge, the gluten-free … Read More
In recent years, the number of “gluten-free” food products has grown substantially. That’s because gluten—a type of protein found in wheat, barley, triticale, and rye—can trigger a host of unpleasant symptoms, including diarrhea and abdominal pain, in people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
However, skipping gluten isn’t necessarily a … Read More
Food intolerances are on the rise. Today more than nine million adults suffer from food allergies. The Internet is rife with ads for “food sensitivity” testing kits, and some health care providers offer quick testing to find the foods that ail you. However, many tests can give false results, which … Read More
Lactose is a type of natural sugar found in milk. During digestion, lactose is normally broken down by lactase, an enzyme that is produced in the small intestine. However, some people are deficient in lactase, so they have difficulty digesting lactose, a condition referred to as “lactose intolerance,” or LI. … Read More