The Gables
Dunshaughlin,
Co. Meath

Tel: 01 825 9801
Main St
Ratoath,
Co. Meath

Tel: 01 689 6300

Food Intolerance Tests

 

What Is Food Intolerance?

The condition begins when the digestive system is no longer able to process particular foods as they pass down the digestive tract. The end result is the build-up of many poisonous intestinal toxins.

This toxic intestinal mix eventually escapes into the bloodstream. These toxins are then carried throughout the body where they cause infection and inflammation in other organs and body systems. The objective of the Test is to find the particular foods which are causing this toxic state.

Symptoms of Food Intolerance

• Bloating and other Digestive problems

• Irritable Bowel Syndrome

• Asthma

• Arthritis

• Eczema

• Sinusitis and Ear, Nose and Throat problems

• Weight problems

Allergy or Intolerance?

The term Food Allergy is used to describe those cases in which the adverse reaction occurs almost immediately, usually within one hour. The reaction is obvious and often quite violent, for example developing a swollen lip or tongue after eating peanuts, or becoming violently sick after eating shellfish. True food allergies are quite rare. They affect only a small percentage of the population and most often develop during childhood.

The term Food Intolerance, on the other hand, affects a great number of people and can develop at any time of life. The symptoms of food intolerance rarely occur immediately after the food is eaten. In fact, the reaction is usually delayed by many hours or even many days. For example, the cheese eaten on Monday could be the cause of Wednesday’s asthma attack. It is these delayed reactions which make the detection of the culprit foods a very difficult task without the help of expert laboratory testing.

What is involved?

In order to have the test, you can ring up either Kavanagh’s Pharmacy in Dunshaughlin or Ratoath. Our Pharmacist will schedule an appointment with you, so that you can come in at a time convenient to you. Our Pharmacist will inform you about the tests and then will take a small blood sample. This sample will be sent off to the laboratory where it will be analysed against a range of food substances. We employ the Fitzwilliam FoodTEST Clinic to perform our laboratory tests.

Your results will come back to the Pharmacy in approximately 10-14 days. Once the results have been received, our Pharmacist will contact you to schedule a second appointment where they will perform a full consultation with you on the results of your tests. The pharmacist will provide you with a management programme in order for you to adjust to any intolerance that may arise. Our team will also be able to answer any queries you have arising from the process and ensure you have full satisfaction with your consultation.

Both appointments will take place in the consultation room, where you will have full privacy and the benefit of a one-to-one discussion with your Pharmacist.

Cost of Testing

The full food intolerance test involves testing the blood against a broad range of foods costing €255.

There is also a smaller food intolerance test, costing €135, which presents a more affordable option for clients genuinely interested in the test, but reluctant to pay for the full test.

In our opinion, the 93 food test is the preferred recommendation for patients, as it covers a much wider range of foods and will leave less doubt in the patient’s mind when the results come back.

What is the difference between the two tests?

The only difference is the range of substances screened against.

 

93 Food Test

40 Food Test

Grains:
Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Durum Wheat, Gliadin, Millet, Oat, Rice, Rye, Wheat

Dairy:

Cow’s Milk, Egg White, Egg Yolk, Goat Milk, Sheep’s Milk

Meats:
Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Turkey, Venison

Fish:

Lobster, Cod, Crab, Herring, Mackerel, Mussel, Plaice, Prawn, Salmon, Sole, Haddock, Tuna

Vegetables:

Aubergine, Avocado, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Bean (Red Kidney), Celery, Cucumber, Haricot Bean, Leek, Lentil, Lettuce, Onion, Pea, Peppers, Potato, Soya Bean, String Bean, Sunflower Seeds, Tomato, Chilli Pepper

Fruit:

Apple, Raspberry, Banana, Blackcurrant, Grape, Grapefruit, Kiwi Fruit, Lemon, Melon, Olive, Orange, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Blackberry, Strawberry.

Nuts:

Almond, Brazil Nut, Cashew Nut, Coconut, Hazelnut, Peanut, Walnut.

Herbs/Spices:

Garlic, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pepper, Sesame Seeds.

Other:
Vanilla, Carob, Cocoa Bean, Coffee, Mushroom, Rapeseed, Tea, Yeast (Bakers/Brewers)

Grains:
Oat, Rice, Rye, Wheat, Barley, Gliadin, Durum Wheat, Corn (Maize)

Dairy:

Cows Milk, Egg White, Egg Yolk

Meats:

Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Turkey

Fish:

Cod, Crab, Haddock, Lobster, Plaice, Shrimp/Prawn

Vegetables:

Bean (red kidney), Bean (white haricot), Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Pea, Potato, Soya Bean

Fruit:

Apple, Blackberry, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Pear, Raspberry, Strawberry

Nuts:

Almond, Cashew Nut, Hazelnut, Peanut

Yeast:

Yeast (baker’s), Yeast (brewer’s)

 

 

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