My friend Mark has a son with casein intolerance (casein is a milk protein), and so he has come up with a carbonara sauce (originally inspired by this recipe at lactofree.co.uk) that is lactose and casein free, and so is safe for people with lactose or casein intolerance. He has kindly shared his recipe with me, and I've adapted it to also include low fodmap and gluten free options.
I have adapted the green curry paste recipe from an earlier post, and used it (with a few alterations) as the base for a delicious chicken yellow curry. This chicken yellow curry recipe is gluten free, lactose and casein free, low fodmap and fructose friendly.
I have also suggested a few substitutions to make it vegan, while still being low fodmap ( which can be a real challenge with many vegan recipes, as although they're delicious, they're often full of fructans such as onion, garlic, wheat, lentils and pulses to name a few!). Read on for the recipe:
Some people are sceptical of allergies or food intolerances, but people aren't just making things up, being trendy, or attention-seekers, or just being fussy eaters. These conditions are all too real, and can have serious and in some cases devastating impacts on people suffering from them.
The symptoms of food intolerances can be similar to the symptoms of food allergies. I have a food intolerance called fructose malabsorption, and I can get very sick and experience strong symptoms such as gastro-like symptoms (bloating, fatigue, diarrhoea, cramps, severe abdominal pain and, on some occasions, vomiting) , however one of the scariest experiences of my life was being a small child and seeing a relative collapse and have difficulty breathing due to an allergic reaction to some medication she had been taking. With both food intolerances and allergies being on the rise, it’s worth knowing the symptoms of these conditions.
There’s definitely some real confusion out there amongst the difference between a food allergies and food intolerances. The Victorian government Better Health Channel states that a food allergy is an immune response, whereas a food intolerance is a chemical reaction. They describe allergies as being an overreaction of a person’s immune system to a specific part of a food, which is usually a protein, and called an allergen. Allergens can come from multiple sources, such as different kinds of food, pollens, dust, animal dander, insect bites etc. According to the New South Wales Food Authority, the eight most common food allergens are crustaceans, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, soybeans, tree nuts and sesame seeds.
Food intolerance, however, is a reaction that occurs after someone has consumed foods that trigger the food intolerance, and is not an immune response. Food intolerances are far more common than food allergies, and there are many different kinds of food intolerances that can be associated with other conditions such as Celiac disease (which is an intolerance to gluten), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), asthma and chronic fatigue syndrome.
The New South Wales Food Authority defines the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance as:
“Food allergy and food intolerance are both types of food sensitivity and both can make you feel very ill. If you have a food allergy this means your immune system reacts to a particular food and causes immediate symptoms, such as itchiness, rash and swelling. Sometimes this reaction can be so severe that it can trigger a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.
Food intolerance however, doesn’t involve the immune system. Instead food intolerance is actually an adverse reaction to a particular food. The symptoms can be unpleasant and in some cases severe but are generally not life-threatening.”
Food allergies and food intolerances can cause serious health issues for someone who suffers from them, but if an allergy is triggered, it can be quickly become life threatening if the person with the allergy goes into anaphylactic shock, and a person experiencing anaphylactic shock needs immediate emergency care. There is more information on anaphylaxis at Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia.
I love to travel, but have fructose malabsorption, which can make travelling, or even eating out, literally a pain. I'll be collecting tips & information for travellers with food intolerances, as well as posting reviews and recipes.