With at-home tests becoming more popular and an interest in whether I had any food sensitivities, I ordered an Intolerances & Sensitivities DNA Test from MyHealthChecked.
The test helps people learn whether they may be at risk of a common intolerances, such as lactose, or other sensitivities that could impact how you feel day to day.
It involved a simple swab test to collect a saliva sample that I then sent off in the post.
Within 10 working days, pinged to my inbox, MyHealthChecked sent a link to a user-friendly, personalised report.
While I suspected that I could have had a sensitivity to caffeine, I was shocked to learn that I have a higher risk of gluten intolerance.
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“Considering that you have a genetic predisposition to gluten intolerance, you may experience adverse symptoms during or after eating gluten,” the report read.
I got told I should eat more:
- Chickpea pasta.
And that I should eat less:
- Rye flour
- Egg noodles.
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What is a gluten intolerance?
The report explained gluten intolerance and coeliac disease are autoimmune conditions that result in the damaging of the lining of the gut.
This can lead to poor absorption of nutrients from food.
It continued: “This autoimmune condition is caused by a combination of HLA (human leukocyte antigen) genes and exposure to gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, oats, barley and rye.”
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While I hadn’t experienced severe enough symptoms to even realise I could have an intolerance to gluten, it was time for my weekly food shop, so off I went to seek out gluten-free alternatives to my usual ingredients.
Turns out, I don’t eat a lot of gluten in my everyday diet, and that’s probably why I had no idea I could have an intolerance to it.
If you would like to find out about your own health, MyHealthChecked’s intolerances and sensitivities DNA test, £54.00, is available online and at Boots.
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