Veganism is having a moment. And it’s Veganuary — or vegan January — too. So, because it’s on a high, it’s evidently got too big for its boots. Time to give it a good kicking, right? Here’s Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s opinion piece in... Read more
The ‘big’ allergens, the ‘major’ allergens, the ‘main’ allergens — all terms many of us use to describe the key allergens used and found in food and drink products. But what are they exactly? And are differences between US and... Read more
When we wrote our new book on IBS, Julie and I included a section on digestive enzymes for FODMAPs — supplements which could help people to better tolerate FODMAPs in the diet, which might otherwise trigger symptoms in those with... Read more
The recent Hotel Chocolat episode encouraged me and others in the allergy and coeliac community to look into genuine free-from chocolate products — particularly Christmas chocolate, which came up during the weekly Allergy Hour Twitter chat yesterday evening. You’ll find... Read more
Free From Heaven magazine has announced a competition to win a Hotel Chocolat ‘No gluten recipe gift box’. They say: Indulge your sweet tooth this Christmas with a luxurious hamper filled with gluten-free* chocolates. Follow that asterisk to the footnote... Read more
Research was published in the journal Contact Dermatitis a few months ago looking at the instructions hair dye manufacturers give to consumers about performing an allergy self-test before coloring their hair. It was a follow-on from a 2011 study, which... Read more
Has histamine intolerance finally gone mainstream? Last week, the Daily Mail published an article by Victoria Aitken outlining her experiences and symptoms after consuming wine, tomatoes, strong cheeses, vinegars, Marmite, anchovies and fermented foods — rashes / hives / urticaria... Read more
Two years ago I wrote about why all oats — be they gluten free oats or ordinary oats — are considered allergens in law and must be highlighted on ingredients labels. If you need a refresher, click here. Back then,... Read more
Ask the internet this question and you’ll be presented with a long list of positive answers — of course oats are great for the skin and for problem skin conditions such as eczema, everyone declares. Use skin creams with oats... Read more
Marks and Spencer’s online allergy and intolerance information and ‘free from’ food lists are excellent. Here is the Gluten Free page. It gives immediate mention and priority to coeliac disease, from which many supermarkets and brands would do well to... Read more
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