Definitions of wheat free, dairy free, egg free and “what is spelt flour? (Part 3)

Part 1: My Story on coming to grips with Food Intolerance (or The “Different Dinner Guest….”)

Part 2: My Road to Successfully Dealing with Food Intolerances

Part 3: Definitions of wheat free, dairy free, egg free and “what is spelt flour?” 


What is an Allergy?

An allergy is where the body’s immune system views a food as toxic and will trigger an immediate response to remove this “enemy” from the body. Even the smallest amount of the food can cause a reaction which can be severe and in some cases fatal. Only a small number of people suffer from true allergies.

What is an Intolerance?

The more common and most ignored one. I regard this as a creeping attack on your body. It can take 3 to 4 days for a reaction to occur. When it does happen you’re more than likely to blame a food you’ve just eaten that day. See the difficulty? The difference between the intolerance and an allergy is that with intolerances it is the body’s digestive system that has a problem with the food and not the immune system.

Because of this delayed response no wonder it is difficult to pin down.

Check out my “Tips on How To Deal with Food Intolerance“.

Dairy Intolerance?

In general dairy free relates to just being free of cow’s milk and any products derived from cow’s milk. However for me it also includes milk or any milk products derived from goats and sheep.

Wheat Free?

This means the avoidance of wheat and any products derived from wheat.

Wheat Alternative – Spelt Flour?

Spelt flour comes from the spelt grain and is part of the same family of grains as wheat. It also has gluten (although a milder form than is in the wheat grain). Both are unsuitable for consumption by coeliacs. I find spelt flour a great alternative to wheat and use it in general for baking. I also use gluten-free grains so I won’t get used to spelt flour and have similar effects to those I encountered with wheat.

Find out more on spelt flour here What is Spelt Flour? As I’m wheat intolerant (and not gluten intolerant) I can eat spelt flour and find it a great alternative to

Egg Free?

The avoidance of eggs and their derivatives.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER
The information contained in this blog is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider.
Copyright Notice
Blog content is copyrighted by Spelt for ChoiceAll other content are copyrighted by their respective authors.  If you wish to use any of this content, please do not do so without first contacting me for permission.
Advertisements

Tags: , , , ,

Categories: Dairy-Free, Egg Free, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Author:speltforchoiceblog

Home cook, Irish food blogger and live a plant-based lifestyle. I also co-own of www.herbicarni.com with my hubs where you'll find online courses, vegan chocolates and lots more to help a transition to a plant-based diet or live with someone who is a carnivore.

Subscribe

Subscribe to our RSS feed and social profiles to receive updates.

4 Comments on “Definitions of wheat free, dairy free, egg free and “what is spelt flour? (Part 3)”

  1. May 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    This is such a clear and useful guide Marian. Thanks for putting it together.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. The “Different” Dinner Guest! Wheat, Dairy, Egg, Gluten Intolerances: What’s all the fuss anyway? | From Marian's Kitchen: Dairy-free & Spelt Living - May 21, 2012

    […] Part 3: Definitions of wheat free, dairy free, egg free and “what is spelt flour?”  […]

  2. My Road to Successfully Dealing with Food Intolerances (Part 2) | From Marian's Kitchen: Dairy-free & Spelt Living - May 21, 2012

    […] Part 3: Definitions of wheat free, dairy free, egg free and “what is spelt flour?”  […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: