Food: Allergies and Intolerances Are on the Rise

Thursday, 12. May 2016

Food: Allergies and Intolerances Are on the Rise

More and more people suffer from food intolerances or allergies. For these people, it is extremely important to find foods that meet their needs. This can be especially difficult for people with gluten allergies. TAKE EAT FREE's products have arrived at VitalAbo to quickly fill this need with wheat-free and gluten-free products. 

The reasons for the rapid increase in food intolerances and allergies have not been completely identified. The fact remains that more and more people suffer from them and cannot tolerate certain ingredients in food. This can result in a number of symptoms, ranging from digestive problems to depression.

Intolerance vs. Allergies

Just because individual substances are not tolerated by your body, does not mean you have food allergies. What is the difference between intolerances and allergies?

Food Allergies

With an allergy, the immune system responds to individual substances with a hypersensitive reaction. Allergies to certain foods affect up to 5 percent of all people and typically form on the skin, or in the respiratory tract and the gastrointestinal tract.

Typical symptoms include cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, although in some cases allergies can lead to anaphylactic shock. Without immediate help, allergies can be very dangerous. One of the best known food allergies is a wheat allergy. Affected individuals react to the protein contained in wheat.

Food Intolerances

Intolerances are triggered by certain food ingredients. In the Western world, intolerance is on the rise as up to 20 percent of the population is affected. The reasons for these increased incompatibilities are not yet clear but probably arise from combination of several factors, including artificial food additives and eating habits.

Gluten sensitivity affects many people, but many people do not realise they are affected. Symptoms do not only appear immediatly after consumption of gluten but often occur later on. They are different from person to person, which is why they can only be carefully diagnosed. 

A diet must be carefully followed in these cases.

Celiac disease or gluten enteropathy

Celiac disease, also known as gluten enteropathy, is an incurable, chronic disease of the small intestine. It is caused when gluten damages the small intestinal mucosa. An impairment of small bowel function is the consequence, which is important as this is where the uptake of nutrients takes place.

The symptoms are varied and can range from general tiredness to indigestion and joint pain to rashes and iron deficiency. Celiac disease can occur at any age, and mainly genetic factors play a role.

Celiac affected people can live symptom-free and healthy as long as they strictly follow a gluten-free diet. Only then can the damaged intestinal mucosa completely recover.

TAKE EAT FREE - gluten-, wheat- and lactose free products

Unfortunately, following a gluten or wheat free diet is often not easy. The TAKE EAT FREE brand has an impressive range of gluten and wheat-free products an alternative. "While industrial manufacturers often include a number of other ingredients instead of wheat, we try to keep things as simple as possible," says Jörg Moser, who created teh TAKE EAT FREE brand.

From bread to breakfast cereals, pasta and flour, these products cover a wide range of daily necessities. Based on the strict standards of the ARGE Celiac Disease all products are gluten free and also free from wheat and lactose. Thus, they are excellently suited for people with food allergies, intolerances or increased nutritional awareness.