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Food Intolerance Self Assessment Scoring

Find out your probability of having food intolerance

After completing the Self Assessment - use these ratings to score your likelihood of having food intolerance(s).

Your Score

Sensitivity to food toxins

Possible benefits from a LOW-TOXIN DIET

10 - 30

Low sensitivity

 

No significant benefit at the moment. Keep in mind the effects of food toxins are stealthy - and usually appear later in life. 

 

31 - 40

Low to medium sensitivity

 

Symptoms reduce - reduced risk of chronic disease later in life.

 

41 - 60

Medium sensitivity 

Symptoms fade noticeably, energy and wellness return - with reduced risk of family chronic disease. More positive mood and greater motivation. Diagnosed disease may stop progressing.

61 - 74

Medium to high sensitivity

Visible health improvement: better overall energy and wellness with reduced risk of chronic disease. A new feeling of motivation to resume previous projects or activities. Diagnosed illnesses may stop progressing.

75 - 99

High sensitivity

Noticeable and signifcant changes in personal wellness and appearance, and better overall health and energy. Reduced risk of chronic disease. All over healing and with more positive mood and motivation. Diagnosed illnesses may stop progressing.

100+

Very high sensitivity

Dramatic life changes due to improved health: ability to do many activities not available to you at present. Much reduced risk of chronic disease. More positive upbeat mood and better motivation. Diagnosed disease may stop progressing.

 

 

How can I avoid family diseases?

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RESEARCH & REFERENCES

All foodintol® information is based on research from peer-reviewed medical journals

Rate Your Knowledge of Food Intolerance

To substantiate information used to compile this Quiz - see references >

 

QUICK QUIZ Solutions

Solutions are italicised, bold.

Score

   
   

1. How common is food intolerance?

 

a). 1 in 1000 (0.1%)

0

b). 3% of all people

0

c). 1 in 7 people (15%)

0

d). 1 in 3 people (33%)

0

e). 3 in 4 (75%)

4

f ). All people

0

   

2. Does Food Allergy involve the immune system?

 

a). Always

4

b). Frequently

0

c). Sometimes

0

d). Never

0

   

3. Does Food Intolerance involve the immune system?

 

a). Always

0

b). Frequently

4

c). Sometimes

0

d). Never

0

   

4. Which type of testing is the most effective for

detecting Fructose malabsorption?

 

a). Breath testing

0

b). Intestinal biopsy

0

c). Blood tests

0

d). Elimination diet

4

e). VEGA testing

0

f). Faecal testing (DNA)

0

   

5. Regarding Gluten intolerance what does a

negative test result for Celiac disease mean?

 

a). You have Celiac disease

0

b). Gluten intolerance can be ruled out

0

c). Gluten intolerance cannot be ruled out

6

d). You have Gluten intolerance

0

   

6. Which food intolerance(s) are linked to Eczema?

 

a). Yeast sensitivity

0

b). Dairy intolerance

1

c). Corn allergy

0

d). Gluten intolerance

1

e). Nightshade sensitivity

1

f). Fructose sensitivity

0

g). Wheat sensitivity

1

h). Casein allergy

1

   

7. What is the difference between wheat intolerance

 and Gluten intolerance?

 

a). No difference - they mean the same

0

b). Wheat intolerance is a part of Gluten intolerance

6

c). Gluten intolerance is part of Wheat sensitivity

0

d). They have nothing in common at all

0

   

8. Which food intolerance(s) are linked to headaches?

 

a). Casein allergy

1

b). Gluten intolerance

1

c). Nightshade sensitivity

1

d). Lactose intolerance

0

e). Fructose sensitivity

0

f). Yeast sensitivity

1

g). Soy allergy

0

h). Corn allergy

1

   

9. Which food intolerances are not linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

 

a). Casein allergy

0

b). Gluten intolerance

0

c). Nightshade sensitivity

0

d). Lactose intolerance

1

e). Fructose sensitivity

1

f). Yeast sensitivity

0

g). Soy allergy

1

h). Corn allergy

1

   

10. What happens when you have Leaky Gut?

 

a). The gut contents leak into the stomach

0

b). You suffer from diarrhea

0

c). The intestine filters out too much waste

0

d). The intestine cannot absorb nutrients

4

   

11. Which of these childhood and teenage health

conditions is linked to food intolerance?

 

a). Colic in babies

1

b). Projectile vomiting

1

c). Diarrhea

1

d). Moodiness

1

e). Colds and 'flu

1

f). Eczema

1

g). Bronchitis

1

h). Small stature for age

1

i). Learning difficulties

1

j). Behaviour issues

1

k). Teenage depression

1

l). Asthma

1

   

12. Regarding Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance -

which of these is true?

 

a). Celiac disease damages the gut - gluten intolerance does not

0

b). Both can be diagnosed via intestinal biopsy

0

c). Celiac Disease is a small subgroup of gluten intolerance

4

d). Celiac Disease and Gluten intolerance are the same thing

0

   

13. Which of these medical conditions is linked

to food intolerance?

 

a). Diabetes Type 1

1

b). Diabetes Type 2

1

c). Heart disease

1

d). Respiratory disease

1

e). Rheumatoid arthritis

1

f). Eczema

1

g). Migraine

1

h). Frequent colds or 'flu

1

i). Alzheimer's, dementia

1

j). Psoriasis

1

k). Bowel disease e.g. colitis

1

l). Addiction

1

m). Multiple sclerosis

1

n). Osteoporosis

1

o). Depression

1

p). Thyroid disease

1

q). Obesity

1

s). Miscarriage

1

   

14. Which of these symptoms is linked to food intolerance?

 

a). Sinusitis

1

b). Chronic cough

1

c). Back pain

1

d). Constipation

1

e). Mood swings

1

f). Mouth ulcers

1

g). Heartburn

1

h). Rashes

1

i). Colds & 'flu

1

j). Vaginal thrush

1

k). Chronic fatigue

1

l). Repetitive strain injury

0

m). Allergies, hay fever

1

n). Dizziness, 'brain fog'

1

o). Addictions

1

p). Weight gain

1

q). Weight loss

1

   

15. When people discover their food intolerance and

substitute problem foods - how soon does healing begin? (Select one)

 

a). Within a few hours

2

b). Within a few days

4

c). In two weeks

2

d). In one month

0

e). Within a year

0

 

Rate Yourself: Maximum Score 100

  • 70 - 79% - Time to investigate food toxins? 
  • 80 - 89% - You're some of the way there - but time to learn more 
  • 90 - 94% - A good grasp of the basics - you should almost have no symptoms!
  • 95 - 100% - We can't teach you anything ... please come and work with us!

 

 

RESEARCH & REFERENCES

All foodintol® information is based on research from peer-reviewed medical journals

 

Learn the telltale signs of food intolerance

Read more: Know the 12 Signs

Gradual weight gain? Storing vs burning fat

Read more: Weight Loss Secret

Key findings were published in News Ltd Newspapers and ABC Radio Australia wide.

Read more: Food Intolerance Survey 2012

 Nightshade Vegetables - Sensitivity and Symptoms

Some vegetables - like tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes and chilli were only brought to us in the last four hundred years. That is very recently in evolutionary terms! Therefore - many of us have physiology that is ill-equipped to digest them.

If you get a 'high' from eating chillies and can't wait to have them again - that could be addiction - and a sign you have a problem. Nightshades are linked to Leaky Gut syndrome and all its consequences.

You may already understand about "Modern Foods" - like dairy foods, grains and sugars - which contain FOOD TOXINS.

Well - there is another group Nightshade Vegetables - only recently arrived in the human diet. These are primarily native to South America - so their consumption by people with ancestry from other parts of the world carries risk.

 

These are Nightshade Vegetables

The most commonly eaten nightshade vegetables are:

    • Capsicum family including:

      • bell peppers (capsicums)

      • chilli peppers

      • jalapeno

      • Dried versions like cayenne pepper etc.

    • Aubergine (Eggplant

    • Goji berry (maybe not a 'superfood' after all!)

    • Ground cherry

    • Potatoes - especially potato skins

    • Tamarillos

    • Tomatoes and concentrated tomato products

    • Tomatillos

 

How Do Nightshade Vegetables Cause Leaky Gut?

Lectins and Saponins

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Depending on the quantity eaten, the effect of saponins in these foods can damage the gut lining and lead to disease. Saponins in these foods have evolved to protect the plant from being decimated by insects. The action of the saponins it to dissolve the cell membranes of predatory insects so they die.   

Unfortunately this same effect - damage to cell membranes - can also be suffered by mammals (like us!) frequently in the small intestine. The result is a gut lining that develops holes and allows the passage of foreign - often toxic - substances into our bloodstream - making us ill . . . Leaky Gut.

In addition some of this group of vegetables (e.g. potatoes) also contain lectins which cause additional gut damage in large amounts in some people. Remember - the effects of nightshade vegetables depend on the quantity eaten. Overindulgence - as with any 'modern food' may lead to problems.

 

 

I think I might be affected. What should I do?

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Begin with our free ebook. Food toxins can cause serious long-term health problems.

Gluten is just one thing that could be causing your symptoms. There are more than twenty FOOD TOXINS – and they act together in different combinations to damage cells and provoke the immune system.

Learn more with the Free ebook about Food Toxins

 

 

 

References

Food Intolerance and Gastrointestinal Diseases like Leaky Gut

Which Foods Cause Depression and Anxiety?

Believe it or not we can actually start feeling blue and even become depressed by eating things which contain FOOD TOXINS. Human bodies cannot fully digest some things. It used to be called food intolerance - now known as the impact of food toxins. 

Partially broken down food molecules produced get up to terrible mischief in the body: creating inflammation in the skin or joints or organs; causing plaque deposits; sometimes disrupting those vital processes which allow us to cope and stay happy.

 

Learn more with the Free ebook about Food Toxins

 

Anxiety and depression - from foods?

If you are experiencing anxiety, blue feelings or even early signs of depression - it could be something as simple as eating the wrong foods.

So before resorting to heavy anti-depressant medication - make sure you have thoroughly checked out whether you could be reacting to food toxins.

  • Wouldn't you rather Switch a Few Foods - than get into addictive medications - and their side-effects?

According to medical Journal evidence - the some culprits for anxiety and depression are:

  • Gluten from grains like Wheat and Barley
  • Plant lectins
  • Sugars like those in processed foods
  • Casein and lactose 
  • Nightshade vegetables... alkalaoids, phytates, solanines and others

 

You may be responding badly one or more of these - leaving you feeling low or anxious. 

There are more than twenty food toxins . . . and they act together in various combinations to cause internal damage that makes us sick – and leads to diagnosis of disease.

 

The Institute’s eighteen years of helping clients has shown - the most effective approach is to move to a LOW-TOXIN DIET.

 

We have found the best results come by using a journal – and with moderation … that is a diet which allows some favourites while greatly reducing the level of toxins in the blood . . Find out more at foodintol® LoTox Living

 

 

 

The Gut-Brain Axis

Your intestine is connected to your brain - affecting your mood

VagusNerveWhen FOOD TOXINS like casein, solanine, gliadin or others pass into a Leaky Gut they cause gastrointestinal distress - and we now know - neurological disturbances.

 

Working together they cause damage in the digestive tract. But then they cross the gut-brain axis – resulting in neural and brain disorders.

 

A very long double nerve trunk, the vagus nerve connects the brain to the lungs, heart, gut and other organs.

Everyone has felt the brain have an immediate effect on the gut: in panic or high-stress situations.

But it can work the other way around too. Nerve signals can travel upwards from an unhappy gut - to the brain - but with slow-onset effects.

Symptoms include:

  •  mood swings
  • anxiety
  • depression

These are now linked to digestive issues. Clinical studies also link the food toxins to:

  •  headaches
  • migraines
  • dizziness and
  • nightmares.

 

Left unattended these can develop into mental illness: schizophrenia or autism. However - studies confirm illness improves when food toxins are avoided.

 

Find out more... Free ebook about Food Toxins

 

 

Member letter

 

'Thank you so much for this site, this site is such a relief to me. I have had horrible mouth sores, gas + bloating, horrible depression and fatigue, I'm a classic example. If it were up to my doctor, I'd be on a plethora of prescription drugs, I can't wait to wean off of almost all of them. No medical person even brought up food intolerance - I researched it myself, I knew there had to be something to this. Thank you for helping me!!!  Sincerely, Michie

MICHIE (Two years later) ....I am really excited that you want to use my letter (that would be a "yes"!) Hopefully, you will reach even more people who are suffering needlessly from food intolerance.....you are presenting a real healing and viable solution. Thanks to you . . . I am living a happy life. I don't feel like I'm missing anything because there are many food choices out there for people like me, thanks to forums like yours who bring people together and create a demand for healthy food alternatives.

I appreciate you contacting me, and I wish you all the best on your latest venture!!! Michie'

 

I think I might have food intolerance: What should I do?

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Begin with our free ebook. Food toxins can cause serious long-term health problems. Gluten is just one toxin that could be causing your symptoms.

There are more than twenty common FOOD TOXINS – and they act together in different combinations to damage cells and provoke the immune system.

Free ebook about Food Toxins

 

 

 

References

Food Intolerance and Depression

 

RESEARCH & REFERENCES

All foodintol® information is based on research from peer-reviewed medical journals

 

 

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You wouldn't run a Ferrari on regular petrol would you? So why run your precious body on foods that make you underperform? Food toxins hold you back - like you're running on three cylinders, with the hand brake on.

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Lose The Headache and Chronic Tiredness

When you're in top health, you not only look great - you radiate confidence and get what you want. Glowing health shows in your face, your mood, your language and the way you interact with others.

When you look and feel younger, it's easy to be generous. So dealing with others is less about fault-finding and more about cutting them a little slack. Hey! . . . when you're at the top of your game . . . you can afford to make allowances.

But right now you're getting frequent headaches, feel listless, have no energy, can't be bothered, always wrecked . . . right?

Escape this trap with foodintol® LoTox Living

So - how do you get back to great health? Simple. Reduce the food toxins which are causing it.

Then start eating foods that are right for you. Foods that are appropriate for your precious body!

Health Risks of Untreated Food Intolerance

There are serious health risks associated with food toxins. Left unattended chronic symptoms can develop into chronic disease. That's why it's vital to investigate. Avoid disease later in life . . . find out your problem foods using our simple and free Self- assess test

 

Health Risks of Long Term Untreated Food Intolerance

Are any of these diseases in your family? All are associated with FOOD TOXINS. Studies show moving to the right helps prevent chronic disease.

  • Anaemia
  • Auto-immune conditions like:
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Diabetes type 1
    • Graves’ disease
    • Crohn's Disease
    • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Behavioural problems in children
  • Bowel cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes type 2
  • Heart disease (atherosclerosis)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Infertility
  • Learning difficulties
  • Malnutrition (from poor absorption of nutrients)
  • Miscarriage and difficulty conceiving
  • Neurological conditions e.g. multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, epilepsy, memory loss
  • Obesity and metabolism issues
  • Osteoporosis, bone density loss
  • Psychological disorders e.g. depression, behavioural difficulties
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ulcerative colitis

 

Find out more with the Free ebook about Food Toxins

 

 

RESEARCH & REFERENCES

All foodintol® information is based on research from peer-reviewed medical journals

 

The Food Intolerance Institute of Australia

Creator and Founder - Deborah Manners BSc(Hons)DipEd

 

Video interview, 'What drives you?'

 

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Deborah Manners is a consumer just like you, who used to suffer with a raft of unexplained symptoms and illnesses including migraine, weight gain, IBS, sinusitis, back ache and miscarriage.

Now she is healthy, slimmer and 17 kg lighter. Her two children are now healthy adults. Back in 1996 she discovered she had a number of food intolerances - after exhaustive research of medical journals in university libraries. This knowledge and her journey back to health changed everything in her life, including her career. 

Her passion is to share this knowledge with anyone who wants a healthy body, sparkling mind ... or wants to achieve improved fitness and athletic performance.

Her university studies (Monash University, Australia) included physiology and chemistry majors. These disciplines assisted her original research of medical journals and enabled the high calibre website content about food intolerance. Thousands of scientific papers have been read, digested, sorted and collected together in an easy-to-read format.

Deborah's story

 

Where do we get our information?

We use the purest and most trustworthy source: peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals. Thousands of scientists are working all round the world all the time to explore how foods affect our bodies and what we can do to protect ourselves from ill health and disease.  Here at foodintol® our charter to stay abreast of new findings and report them back to you - the food intolerant consumer.

See our constantly updated  References page for medical Journal references.

With the help of a very talented and dedicated team foodintol® has been created to be what Deborah wanted all those years ago - when she was searching for answers: a comprehensive resource centre about food intolerance with News, Facts and Solutions to streamline life for those with food intolerance.

 

Our Promise to You

  • Plain language - yet comprehensive information on food intolerance
  • Simple step-by-step guides and strategies for identifying and managing food intolerance
  • Continuously updated titles incorporating new research

 

Our Mission

We have developed foodintol® to be both educational and effective support for those with food intolerances and food allergies. There are five main issues we face and this is how we address them:

Knowledge

foodintol® is your REFERENCE SITE. Your best defence is always good information! We value education and want you to understand:

      • No two people are the same - and neither are their food sensitivities. We each have unique food needs

      • Undiagnosed food intolerance leads to chronic disease: arthritis, diabetes, cancers and others

      • How to find out what’s in the foods you and your family are eating

      • How to identify and manage your food sensitivities without drugs or therapies

News

We review scientific and medical findings continuously and publish them (with references) in an easy to understand format. There are always new discoveries being made. 

 

Minimising Medications

Because food intolerance is genetic - it is for life. You don’t get over it. We believe it is better to adjust your food choices slightly to manage illness and disease - than to use medications. Do this by staying informed, and understanding how you body processes foods.

You can trust foodintol® publications - all our information is drawn from peer-reviewed medical journals.

Driving Change

Since 2003 we have been driving change by publishing and educating the community about food intolerance. We hope healthcare professionals will begin to recognise and diagnose symptoms of food sensitivity more readily. Food intolerance is not well understood by the medical profession - in Australia - or elsewhere  around the world.

Understanding your own individual food intolerance, and its consequences breeds a heightened awareness of food sensitivity generally. Our members need to have A VOICE with food manufacturers, major retailers and government for better, wider choices. One of the major objectives of foodintol® is to raise general awareness of food intolerance and its prevalence - via education in the community. We believe an informed and vocal community will be more effective at bringing about change.

 

Funding

The Food Intolerance Institute of Australia Pty Ltd - foodintol® is a privately funded Australian entity set up to address the needs of those with food sensitivities.ABN 37 644 931 517

We provide information and practical solutions to overcome the difficulties of food intolerance. We derive some revenue from the sale of our publications and support services. No third parties provide funding - and no conflicts of interest arise. Our purpose is to assist those (up to 75%) of all people with special needs arising from food sensitivity.

 

Advertising policy

We do not accept advertising on this website. We do not participate in free web hosting services. Nor do we display exchanged banner advertisements. foodintol.com and the foodintol® trademark are wholly owned in Australia by the Food Intolerance Institute of Australia Pty Ltd ABN: 37 644 931 517

 

RESEARCH & REFERENCES

All foodintol® information is based on research from peer-reviewed medical studies