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Food Intolerances

Some people have food intolerances, others think they do, and most people have some foods that they simply don’t like.

FoodAdvisr lets you select individual foods (such as ‘beef’) or a whole food group (such as ‘meat and poultry’).

Whatever your reason for wanting to exclude certain ingredients from your diet, you can do it with our Food Intolerances selectors.

What is Food Intolerance?

A food intolerance isn’t the same as a food allergy.

People with food intolerance may have symptoms such as diarrhoea, bloating and stomach cramps. This may be caused by difficulties digesting certain substances, such as lactose. However, no allergic reaction takes place.

Important differences between a food allergy and a food intolerance include:

– the symptoms of a food intolerance usually occur several hours after eating the food

– you need to eat a larger amount of food to trigger an intolerance than an allergy

How do you set your food intolerances?

When you’re setting up your FoodAdvisr, you’ll see intolerances in the profile carousel.

We ask you to toggle all the foods or food groups that you want to exclude from your diet.

Once you have selected these, they are used by the app in EVERY product scan or menu browse that you do.

How will you know if there’s an ingredient in the food selection that you’ve excluded?

If a scanned item contains ANY of the food intolerances that you have set, an orange circle with an exclamation mark will appear against that item.  The choice is yours – but at least you know!

You can change your intolerance settings simply using the toggle buttons and going back to your scan results.

But please take our advice on this; once you’ve correctly set your intolerances, for your own wellness, it’s definitely best to leave them.



Histamine Intolerance

Histamine, tyramine and phenyl ethylamine are vasoactive amines (also known as Biogenic Amines), chemicals which occur naturally in certain foods.

Most people tolerate the amounts found in a normal diet. However, some people experience symptoms to even normal levels of vasoactive amines, which may be due to a reduced ability to break them down in their digestive systems. Symptoms of histamine intolerance include:

– Headaches

– Rashes, flushing

– Runny or blocked nose

– Diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting

Symptoms may occur 30 minutes or longer after eating and the level of intolerance does vary from person to person


Foods with high histamine content:

– Alcohol

– Pickled or canned foods – sauerkrauts

– Matured cheeses

– Smoked meat products – salami, ham, sausages…

– Shellfish

– Beans and pulses – chickpeas, soy beans, peanuts

– Nuts – walnuts, cashew nuts

– Chocolates and other cocoa based products

– Vinegar

– Ready meals

– Salty snacks, sweets with preservatives and artificial colourings

Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is a comparatively newly recognised condition, although there is still a lot of controversy as to whether or not it exists and whether it is caused by gluten or another protein found in wheat. It is unclear if it is an intolerance or whether the immune system is involved and it is also unclear if it is life long or whether it is a temporary condition.




Patients commonly report a mixture of symptoms in response to eating wheat which include:

– Abdominal pain

– Altered bowel habit

– Bloating

– Nausea

– Reflux

However gluten intolerance is also associated with symptoms outside the gut such as:

– Foggy mind

– Joint pains

– Fatigue

– Depression

– Headaches

– Anxiety

– General lack of well being

Common Foods That Contain Gluten

– Pastas

– Noodles

– Breads and Pastries

– Crackers

– Baked Goods

– Cereal & Granola

– Breakfast Foods

– Breading & Coating Mixes

– Croutons

– Sauces & Gravies

– Flour tortillas

– Beer

– Brewer’s Yeast

Anything else that uses “wheat flour” as an ingredient

Foods That May Contain Gluten

– Energy bars/granola bars

– French fries (chips)

– Potato chips (crisps)

– Processed lunch meats

– Candy and candy bars

– Some soups

– Salad dressings and marinades

– Starch or dextrin

– Brown rice syrup

– Some meat substitutes

– Soy sauce

– Self-basting poultry

– Pre-seasoned meats


Lactose Intolerance

This is a common disorder arising from an inability to digest lactose (milk sugar) because of low levels of the enzyme lactase. Lactose is the main sugar in milk and milk products from mammals (e.g. humans, cows, goats). Lactose intolerance is often confused with milk allergy, but it is NOT an allergy.

The symptoms of lactose intolerance are:

– Diarrhoea

– Bloating

– Flatulence (wind)

– Abdominal pain or discomfort

– Infantile colic

And less commonly, it can cause constipation and nausea.


Foods with high lactose content:

– All animal milk. (Skimmed cow’s milk has more lactose than whole milk. Goat’s milk is slightly lower in lactose than cow’s milk)

– Buttermilk

– Curd cheese and ricotta

– Cheese spread and processed cheese

– Some cottage cheese

– Ice cream

– White sauce

– Custard

– Milk-based puddings such as rice pudding, crème caramel, baked egg custard etc


Moderate lactose content:

– Cream cheese, some cottage cheese

– Cream, crème fraîche, fromage frais

– Fudge, butterscotch, toffee

– Sweet’n’Low, Canderel, some other sweeteners

– Some dry-roasted peanuts

All catered for!

FoodAdvisr’s ‘Intolerances’ capability isn’t just for health use.

If you simply don’t like certain foods, toggle those ingredients in dislikes.

And if you are on a fitness programme that advises certain food groups to be excluded, go right ahead and set them here or via dislikes!