FOOD ALLERGIES & INTOLERANCES

 
 
 
 

FOOD ALLERGIES

A food allergy involves the immune system and happens when the body reacts to a protein in specific foods, which are usually harmless. Reactions usually happen straight after eating a small amount of food. This can lead to severe allergic reactions, known as anaphylaxis. 

 

The most common food allergies include:

  • Eggs

  • Peanuts

  • Soy

  • Milk

  • Wheat

  • Fish and shellfish.

 

Our Dietitians can highlight which products are safe for your allergy, ensure you're meeting your nutritional requirements despite some dietary limitations, teach you label reading and provide you with strategies to manage your allergy within and outside the home. 

FOOD INTOLERANCES

Intolerances, also called food sensitivities are more common than food allergies, particularly for adults. Intolearance can be caused by chemicals that are found naturally in foods or by chemicals that are added to foods such as preservatives, artificial colouring and flavouring. Symptoms of intolerance include hives (or rashes), headaches, migraines, stomach and/or bowel upsets, breathing problems.

Our Dietitians can:

  • Use an elimination diet and challenge procedure to find the chemicals responsible for symptoms

  • Create an individually tailored dietary plan to ensure you're getting the best nutrition

Our Dietitians have extensive experience with:

  • The Monash Low FODMAP Diet

  • The RPAH Diagnostic Elimination Diet

  • Lactose intolerance

FODMAP ELIMINATION DIET

FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These were discovered by researchers at Monash University and have been found to play a role in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms. The low FODMAP diet has been scientifically proven to provide 75% of people with relief of their IBS type symptoms.


Symptoms of IBS include: abdominal pain, cramping, wind, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhoea

By eliminating foods that are high in FODMAPs, symptoms of IBS can resolve within a matter of weeks. This is referred to as following a low FODMAP diet

Our dietitians have extensive experience in IBS and will help you:

  • Follow the 3 step FODMAP diet correctly

  • Maintain a diet that is nutritionally adequate

  • Re-establish your gut microbiome after Step 3 

  • Provide you strategies to help you navigate food shopping, meal planning, cooking, travelling, and socialising

EOSINOPHILIC OESOPHAGITIS (EoE)

Eosinophilic oesophagitis also referred to as EoE, is a relatively newly recognised disease that is characterised by white blood cells (eosinophils) building up in the lining of the oesophagus (the tube that carries food and liquids from your mouth to your stomach). This immune reaction causes injury and inflammation which can cause pain and may lead to difficulty with swallowing. Typically, the immune reaction in your esophagus is worsened by a food or food component, making nutrition a key part of the puzzle in the management of EoE.

 

Our dietitians can help:

  • Managing inflammation through food

  • Supporting your gastroenterologist / treating team with their treatment plans.

  • Formulate the best line of nutritional management we can offer based on the most reliable and recent scientific evidence

 

If you’re looking for safe, evidence-based support from a dietitian who is compassionate and understanding of the challenges of your condition, please contact our team and make an appointment so we can assist with managing your EoE.