WSJ: Farewell Favorite foods – You are what you don’t eat… Elimination diets.
LOL I’ve been a fan since 2009! I avoid gluten and dairy – except in France, where I can eat anything… Why is that??? Could it because we don’t monitor GMO foods? Anyhoo, if you have unexplained allergies or symptoms, it’s worth trying.
Elimination diets—which call for cutting out a certain food or group of foods—are having a moment. People often start the diets in an effort to cure a symptom that doesn’t necessarily seem worth seeing a doctor about: headaches, skin irritation, joint pain, digestive problem or just feeling tired. Maybe cutting out certain foods will help, they think. Weight loss often isn’t the primary motivation.
Eating in this manner is different than elimination diets intended to detect sometimes immediate and life-threatening allergic reactions, often done under close supervision of a doctor.
The idea behind these elimination diets is to help people identify more subtle, gradual reactions to common food groups such as dairy, soy, nuts, eggs, gluten, sugar and alcohol. They completely avoid those foods for a few weeks. Later each food is added back one by one to test the body’s response.