Most Britons could be afflicted by food intolerance: Study
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 19:52
London: Almost half the population of Britain are afflicted from "food intolerance" leading to weight gain, diabetes and other complications, according to a study.

Figures released by Allergy UK, a charity set up to help the millions of people who suffer from food sensitivity, estimate that 45 per of the country's population is affected by the condition.

"There's been a 10 fold increase in people with food intolerances in the UK in the last 25 years," Cyndi O'Meara, an expert nutritionist and author of 'Changing Habits, Changing Lives Cook Book', was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph newspaper today.

She said a big part of the problem was that "we are assaulting our children with chemicals because the food that we are feeding them isn't real anymore, it's just a bunch of food additives, flavourings and colourings".

"If it's not margarine then it is modified milk, artificial sweeteners, and manmade sugars all of this has been put into the diet over the last 25 years which has resulted in hyper sensitive immune systems that react to everything a person eats," O'Meara said.

"If people are eating foods straight out of a chemical laboratory then diabetes and obesity, heart disease and cancer will be a result of these intolerances," she added.

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First Published: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 19:52

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