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Food intolerance: a community survey

Burr, Michael Leslie and Merrett, T. G. 1983. Food intolerance: a community survey. British Journal of Nutrition 49 (2) , pp. 217-219. 10.1079/bjn19830028

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1. A questionnaire inquiring about food intolerance was sent to a random sample of the electorate in a small South Wales town. Replies were received from 170 men and 305 women, the response rates being 87 and 93% respectively. 2. Adverse effects of some food were reported by 19% of men and 26% of women, or 14 and 18% respectively if minor digestive symptoms are excluded. Certain foods were thought to cause non-abdominal symptoms by 4% of men and 10% of women, and vomiting, diarrhoea or abdominal pain by 11 % of men and 10% of women. 3. Plasma IgE was measured in a random subset of ninety-nine women and found to be significantly lower in those with major symptoms than in the rest. This suggests that allergy is probably not a common cause of food intolerance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0007-1145
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 03:04

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