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National Cholesterol Month

Many moons ago most people had never heard of it, let alone worried about it but today most of us know that elevated cholesterol levels are unhealthy. In fact, having raised cholesterol is a significant risk factor for heart and circulatory diseases so, it is something that is worth getting checked! Understanding the importance of […]

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Could IgG testing be a new strategy for weight loss?

  Extreme dieting can be very severe, often leaving you hungry, tired and deprived of nutrients. If you are looking for results that can be maintained, quit the extreme mentality. A new study has revealed that crash diets could now be a thing of the past. According to one of the UK’s leading biochemists and […]

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Milk Intolerance – Should I test my child?

Testing Toddlers – Dr Gill Hart offers advice to parents YorkTest’s Scientific Director, Dr Gill Hart, is a leading expert on food intolerance.  After the recent news from Nestle of its intention to develop a milk allergy skin patch test for infants, the question on worried parents’ lips may be: “Should I test my child?” […]

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What Is a Low FODMAP Diet?

The low FODMAP diet, researched now for a number of years, has been shown to be effective in relieving Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms such as bloating, wind, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrheoa and altered bowel habit. The diet originated in Australia and was developed by a team at Monash University in Melbourne. The low FODMAP […]

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The Problems of Self-Diagnosing Food Intolerance

It is estimated that as many as 45% of people suffer from food intolerance. A boom in the Free-From industry is evident when you look at the increasing variety of wheat, dairy and gluten-free products available on the supermarket shelves. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of their diet, nutrition and food intolerances and the demand […]

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The Best Homemade Bread Recipes from the Experts

What better way is there to spend a day than making a hearty, wholesome loaf of bread in the warmth of your own kitchen? After all, not only is making your own bread a great way to make sure there are no hidden ingredients in your loaf, it’s therapeutic too. Repetitive actions like kneading are […]

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Low FODMAP Recipes in Under 25 Minutes

In a hurry but don’t want to end up with a funny tummy? Adjusting to a low FODMAP – a well-researched way of eating which can be successful in reducing symptoms of IBS – isn’t easy at first. However, once you’ve mastered the art of food no go’s (see you later gluten!) you’ll be rustling […]

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Meet YorkTest’s Head of Science Laboratory

Usually found diligently heading up procedures in the laboratory, we hauled Head of YorkTest’s Science Laboratory Dr Peter Horlock away from his facts and figures to talk us through a little bit of his day to day activities at YorkTest. Hi Peter, can you tell us a little about your professional and academic background? I […]

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A Wheat Free 7 Day Meal Plan

Recently found out you have a wheat intolerance? You may think that this limits your meal options from now on, but think again. There are plenty of wheat-free options to feed you and the family, ranging from quick and easy options to a weekend blowout. Perhaps you’re simply stuck in a wheat-free recipe rut? Don’t […]

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5 Recipes for the Spiralizer Enthusiast

With endorsements from celebrity chefs, Instagrammers, and health conscious fashionistas, the spiralizer is one of the must-have kitchen gadgets of the moment. With the crank of a handle, you can turn a wide array of fruit and vegetables into healthy ribbons, noodles, and even rice. Whilst it’s tempting to spiralize yourself a goodness-packed raw ribbon […]

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Could you have a bread intolerance?

With many more options available on the “free from” aisles at the supermarket it’s seems like it is getting fashionable to give up bread. Let’s have a look at the different reactions that can be associated with bread intolerance and whether giving up bread can be justified. The staple ingredients of bread are flour, usually […]

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Faye from Yorktest with Peanuts and bananas

Faye’s ‘on-the-go’ Free-From Favourites

When you discover your personal Food Fingerprint and learn which foods you could remove and replace to optimise your diet, it can seem difficult to find options to satisfy your ‘on-the-go’ cravings. When we’re busy, it’s easy to reach for pre-packaged options but, when you discover your trigger foods, this can feel like a minefield. […]

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Spring Clean Your Kitchen Cupboards

Traditionally reserved for the scrubbing of the house, the ‘Spring Clean’ brings about a sense of renewal essential for a fresh start. So, just as we make time to declutter our closets, arrange the attic or sort out the shed, cleaning out the kitchen cupboards is important to ensure a healthy, happy you. Check the […]

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5 Food Swaps for Your Food Intolerances

When you make the decision to change your diet due to a food intolerance, it might feel like you’re waving goodbye to some of your favourite foods. It may be the case that many of your common meal fall-backs and comfort foods contain your trigger ingredients, leaving you wondering if you’ll ever be able to […]

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Food labels

6 things people with Food Intolerances want you to know

We’re not being fussy… It may seem like your worst nightmare – that inconvenient dinner guest who ‘can’t’ have this or that food but we promise, we’re not being awkward. We each have a unique food fingerprint and, being aware of this gives us the knowledge to make the best possible choices for our diet. […]

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Could You Have an Almond Intolerance?

Whether chopped, crushed, sliced or slivered, raw, roasted, milked or toasted, almonds are a wonder food. A practical Swiss army knife of an ingredient, almonds are filling, versatile and also a great food intolerance friendly substitute (gluten free almond cake, anyone?) As well as this, as almonds are high in fibre, unsaturated fats, protein, calcium, […]

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Chocolate

Quick fixes to beat sugar cravings

With the taste of Easter eggs still just about lingering on our lips, we have the distinct feeling that we’ve just bought a one way ticket to sugar town. No matter how strong the resolve to avoid the white stuff, sometimes, it just takes a bad weekend to reintroduce bad habits and before you know […]

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