There are many intolerances which are widely known, like lactose intolerance and gluten intolerance for example. But for some people, having a dietary intolerance proves even trickier, as so little is known about the specific intolerance that they face. Allium intolerance is one such problem.
Allium intolerance is a relatively rare intolerance, in comparison to more widespread intolerances to ingredients like dairy or wheat. However, this is one dietary restriction that causes its sufferers a great deal of trouble.
Those affected by allium intolerance are unable to eat anything from the allium family, a group of flowering plants which includes many of the ingredients that make their way into a whole lot of dishes. Alliums include onions, garlic, spring, onions, chives, leeks and scallions. As you might expect, it’s not easy to avoid eating anything from the allium family whenever you go out!
What are the symptoms of allium intolerance?
The symptoms of allium intolerance are very similar to any other food intolerance. They vary from person to person, but you might experience one or more of the following unpleasant effects: sickness, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and tiredness.
If you experience any of these symptoms following a meal, on a number of occasions, it’s quite possible that you have an intolerance. Simply cutting a certain food out of your diet is the best way to treat it, but working out exactly what you are intolerant too can be problematic.
How do I know if it’s allium intolerance?
Working out whether you have allium intolerance, or whether it’s another ingredient in your meals that’s causing you trouble, may seem daunting at first. However, it’s quite simple if you’ve got a plan.
The best way to discover which ingredients are upsetting you, and which your body tolerates well, is through an elimination diet. This method requires you to eat a single ingredient for one to three days, and record how your body reacted to it.
You can continue your elimination diet for as long as you please, trying out any foods which you think may affect you. It sounds like a big ask but once you’ve done it you’ll feel so much better for knowing exactly which foods you should avoid, and which ones you can be confident about eating.
What can I do about it?
If you think you are affected by allium intolerance, your first port of call is your doctor. Your doctor will discuss the intolerance with you and answer any questions you may have. As with all intolerances, there isn’t really a treatment for it as such, so you are best off avoiding the foods which affect you. A great way to do so is by following the FODMAP diet.
FODMAP, which stands for the Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols diet, is a great diet to choose if you are affected by allium intolerance. Following the diet takes some getting used to, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll soon be cooking up a storm with plenty of delicious allium-free dishes. And we bet you’ll be feeling a lot better for it!
Are you affected by allium intolerance? Leave us a comment with your tips for avoiding that pesky allium family in everyday life, and enjoying all the very best food while you’re at it!