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Mr Grumpy is Intolerant

By Mr Grumpy - Fri 24th Jan 2014

I am intolerant of those with food intolerances.

Seriously, in the year 2014 it seems that every 3rd person deems it the height of fashion to be Gluto-Lacto-Ovo-Bovo-Sucro intolerant, and to be frank it gives me the shits.

Growing up in the 1970s I had the fortune/misfortune to have been brought up by parents who were in turn brought up in the shadow of ration books and powdered egg.

Don't finish your main course and you don't get any pudding : simple but effective.

And I can never recall as a snotty-nosed 6 year old in 1979, that any of my mates queuing for their spotted Dick at School would ask the Dinner Ladies if the custard contained egg or aspartame.

So why now ?

A couple of years ago the Mrs jumped on the bandwagon and went for food intolerance testing on nothing more than a whim. She didn't feel under the weather at the time but fell for the hype that unless she required just 4 hours sleep a night, or ran a Marathon every weekend, then there must be something wrong with her.

So she went for a few needles sticking in her arm, and spat on a few bits of litmus paper and the quack decided that she had an intolerance to "Cheese, Dairy, Carbs and Alcohol".

So intolerant to around 75% of most people's average diet - and oddly enough the exact same diagnosis that 7 other people who we knew to receive the testing got.

So 6 weeks of arsing around with a restricted diet, and messing around slowly introducing foods to 'rebalance her body', we found that she felt the sum total of no better at all.

So that's why I find it so refreshing to eat in a Spanish Restaurant - better still a Menu del Dia at home-cooked take-it-or-leave-it bar.

A vegetarian would find dining out challenging : The eponymous green V rarely appears on a Spanish menu.

So I'm just wondering how a small-town local bar would deal with a potential diner who didn't eat Ham, was allergic to eggs and was Dairy and Gluten intolerant.

Probably the same way any decent restauranteur should.

Comment on this Blog

Latest thinking is that lactose tolerance in humans naturally decreases after weaning, but in countries where dairy produce is an important protein source, we have evolved to tolerate it. So in Northern Europe only 5% of people are intolerant to lactose, but in some African and Asian countries it's up to 90%.
Alcalaina - Sun, 2nd Mar 2014
Thanks for your comments Alcalaina. What anthropological reason is there, I wonder, between the difference in lactose tolerance in Northern & Southern Europe ?
Mr Grumpy - Sun, 2nd Mar 2014
People who are genuinely intolerant to lactose or gluten lack the enzymes to digest them properly. This is relatively easy to test for. Lactose intolerance is much higher in Spain than in northern Europe, so you will see soy milk products everywhere and even the small local bars know about it.
Alcalaina - Sat, 1st Mar 2014
I do sympathise, Mr G. Bandwagons have a lot to answer for. I have a friend who claims to be gluten intolerant but tucks into salmorejo with great relish, unaware that one of the principle ingredients is stale bread! What you don't know can't hurt you?
Alcalaina - Sat, 1st Mar 2014
Sareb : That sounds more like a Medical Condition, rather than the case of somebody jumping on the bandwagon to following the latest "Hollywood Celebrity diet" craze that was currently in fashion that week. I am convinced that a small minority of people do have a genuine problem with certain foods, but equally convinced that a far greater number simply do not.
Mr Grumpy - Fri, 31st Jan 2014
All the life of my "dear" mother-in-law was a pain. She was weak and ill most of the time, visiting, logically, a lot of physicians. Two years ago (the woman was 72 years old then), one of them suggested a test of allergy. The lady was (and still is) intolerant to milk (lactose), flour of wheat (gluten) and eggs (albumen). Now, with a specific diet, she has recovered her health (and I have lost mine). Yours thoughtfully.
Sareb El Malo - Fri, 31st Jan 2014
Lol, I have NEVER heard of any Spaniard with a food allergy... but I'm sure that medically it must be possible!
Old Timer - Mon, 27th Jan 2014

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