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Vegetable Intolerance

Mad on avocados? Crazy for courgettes? As a society, we’re often told how important it is to get our daily dose of vegetables. After all, they may help to reduce the risk of heart problems, lower cholesterol, and give us our recommended vitamin intake. Research shows that these are just a few of the great health benefits vegetables might provide.

However, for some people, these colourful foods can wreak havoc. Prone to a sensitive gut? Certain vegetables are high-FODMAP foods, meaning that they could be harder for your body to digest and absorb – these should be avoided by those who suffer from IBS or other digestive issues. And then there’s the fact that you can in fact be intolerant to vegetables.

What is the difference between a vegetable allergy and a vegetable intolerance?

When it comes to a vegetable allergy and a vegetable intolerance, the difference is simple. An allergy will trigger your immune system to fight what it deems a threat, while an intolerance will cause you digestive issues. Intolerances are not fatal, but they are often uncomfortable and painful.

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Take our most comprehensive food and drink intolerance* test to find out whether you have an intolerance to over 200 food and drink ingredients. Simply take a finger-prick blood sample and return by post for testing. Receive your results within 7 days! No social interaction required.

Optimise your lifestyle with our support, knowing which foods you’re reacting to.

  • Discuss your results with a nutritional therapist. One 30-minute consultation included
  • Measures all four subtypes of food-specific IgG
  • Simple finger-prick blood test
  • Receive expert, accurate analysis from our fully-accredited laboratory technicians
  • Results listed in easy-to-read traffic light values: high, borderline, and normal reactivity
  • Track your progress with a food and drinks diary
  • This test is not available to customers who are pregnant or breastfeeding

Symptoms of Vegetable Intolerance

There are hundreds of vegetables in the world, meaning not all vegetable intolerances will be the same. However, it is likely you will experience some of these signs and symptoms of a vegetable intolerance:

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Stomach pain

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Itchy skin

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Runny nose

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Stomach cramps

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If you think you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is a good idea to take a food intolerance test to determine whether or not you have one, but be sure to speak to your doctor first to rule out the possibility of any underlying conditions.


How long does it take for a vegetable intolerance to show?

If you have a vegetable intolerance, you will usually be able to tell somewhere between a couple of hours and a few days after you consume the vegetable and begin to digest it.

How long it takes for a vegetable intolerance to show can differ depending on the scale of your reaction and the amount of the ingredient you have eaten. For example, if you have a chickpea intolerance, you may find that you will start to experience mild discomfort hours after eating a falafel. Nausea and bloating may follow the next day.

If you experience any severe symptoms, such as swelling or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical advice straight away –  it could be that you have a vegetable allergy which, as discussed earlier, can at times, be life-threatening.


Vegetable bloating

If you think it could be possible that your bloating is triggered by certain foods, it may be worth keeping a food diary in order to track your symptoms over a longer period of time. A food intolerance test can also prove useful in pinpointing which foods and drinks you react to.

With a simple finger-prick blood test, the yorktest laboratory team will identify your IgG antibody reactions to up to 208 food and drink ingredients.

Our experts will guide you through the process, and provide dietary advice that will help you make sure you don’t lose out on the nutrients, should you be advised to cut certain foods out of your diet altogether.

*yorktest define food intolerance as a food-specific IgG antibody reaction. Our information is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimization. yorktest do not claim to treat or cure symptoms and recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a doctor before undertaking a yorktest programme.

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Receive your test.

Order online and we’ll post your kit directly to your home.


Take the easy fingerprick blood test.

Pop 2-3 drops of blood into the lancet and post your sample to our laboratory.


Receive your results online within 5 days.

Review your reactivity levels and book your appointment with one of our qualified nutritional therapists.


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