How are intolerances defined?

Currently the Spoon Guru app supports the 14 major allergens in the United Kingdom. By law, presence of these allergens must be clearly listed in the ingredients list. Spoon Guru takes the strictest route possible with regards to the presence of allergens in a product or recipe and will exclude accordingly.

 

Celery

We exclude any food product or recipe containing celery, as well as celeriac.

May also contain celery - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains celery” are excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals, who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen, to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on celery allergy, please see the following fact sheet produced by Anaphylaxis campaign: http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/download/celery-allergy/

 

Egg

We exclude any food product or recipe containing egg (egg white and egg yolk) or any egg derivatives. We exclude all forms of egg including well-cooked, loosely cooked and raw. “Egg” can refer to eggs from laying hens as well as eggs from other birds, such as duck, turkey, quail, goose, gull, and guinea fowl.

May also contain egg - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains egg” are excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals, who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen, to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on egg allergy, please see the following fact sheet produced by Allergy UK: https://www.allergyuk.org/downloads/factsheets/types-of-allergy/egg-allergy.pdf

 

Fish

With regards to seafood, we offer the ability to exclude fish, shellfish or both. We exclude any food product or recipe containing “Fish” which can include any species of fish. This differs to crustaceans and molluscs. Please refer to the shellfish section for our definition of shellfish.

May also contain fish - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains fish” are excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals, who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen, to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on fish allergy, please see the following fact sheet produced by Allergy UK: https://www.allergyuk.org/downloads/factsheets/types-of-allergy/fish-seafood-allergy.pdf

 

FODMAP

Important information regarding the low FODMAP diet:

The Spoon Guru app should be used as an information resource only. It’s not a replacement for medical advice. We advise you follow the low FODMAP diet under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian using the app for inspiration only.

Unnecessary long term restriction of FODMAP containing foods is not recommended due to potential risk of inadequate nutrient intake and other adverse effects. Consult your FODMAP trained Registered Dietitian to ensure you are following the FODMAP diet correctly.

Due to the complexity of the low FODMAP diet, Spoon Guru will only be of use in initial strict restriction phase of the low FODMAP diet. It is important to work with your FODMAP trained Registered Dietitian whilst following the low FODMAP diet.

Fermentable, Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides And Polyols (FODMAPs) are a group of carbohydrates that may contribute to symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Sources of FODMAPs include:

  • Fructans - chains of fructose. Sources include wheat and rye, various fruits and vegetables, added ingredients such as fructose-oligosaccardies (FOS), oligofructose and inulin.
  • Galacto-oligosaccarides (GOS) - chains of galactose. Sources include pulses and legumes.
  • Polyols - sugar alcohols. Sources include various fruit and vegetables, sugar-free chewing gum and mints.
  • Fructose - a single unit of sugar. Sources include various fruit, honey and agave nectar.
  • Lactose - a double unit of sugar found in milk.

If a food is medium or high FODMAP then it will be excluded when selecting the ‘FODMAP’ profile within the Spoon Guru app. Low FODMAP foods are allowed. Foods that have not been tested yet, and their low, medium and high rank unknown, will be allowed on the Spoon Guru FODMAP profile.  Spoon Guru will be updated on a regular basis to account for testing of new foods so that we can exclude accordingly.

For further information on the low FODMAP diet, please see: http://bit.ly/FODMAPDigest   

 

Gluten & Wheat

We exclude all gluten containing grains such as Wheat, Rye, Barley and Triticale. We exclude all forms of wheat including but not limited to Durum Wheat, Spelt, Kamut®, Khorasan, Einkorn, Farro, Emmer, Couscous, Wheat Bran, Farina, Wheat Germ and Semolina.

Oats - Oats are subject to cross contamination if produced in the same environment of gluten containing grains. Spoon Guru excludes oats when a user selects the gluten profile due to the risk of contamination.

May also contain gluten - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains Gluten” is excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals, who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen, to determine how strict they want to be.

For additional information on gluten and wheat, please see the following sheet: http://www.allergyuk.org/downloads/factsheets/types-of-allergy/reactions-to-wheat.pdf

 

Lupin

We exclude any food product or recipe that states Lupin. This include seeds of the lupin flower which are ground to make lupin flour, typically used in baking.

May also contain lupin - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains Lupin” is excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals, who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen, to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on lupin allergy, please see the following document produced by Anaphylaxis Campaign: http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Lupin-allergy-factsheet-v3-with-footer-corrected-July-2016.pdf

 

Milk (including all dairy products)

We exclude all milk and dairy products such as all cheese, yoghurt and cream, including anything that contains lactose and/or milk proteins. If the product or recipe does not specify the origin of the source of milk, we assume cow’s milk.

May also contain milk - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains Milk/Dairy/Lactose” is excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals, who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen, to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on milk allergy, please see the following fact sheet produced by Allergy UK: https://www.allergyuk.org/downloads/factsheets/types-of-allergy/milk-allergy.pdf

For additional information on dairy intolerance: https://www.allergyuk.org/downloads/factsheets/intolerances-and-sentivities/dairy-intolerance.pdf

 

Mustard

We exclude any food product or recipe that specifically states mustard. This includes seeds (white mustard, yellow mustard, brown mustard, Indian mustard or black mustard) of the mustard plant.

May also contain mustard - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains Mustard” is excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals, who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen, to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on mustard allergy, please see the following fact sheet produced by Anaphylaxis Campaign: http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Mustard-Word-version-6-Dec-2014-with-AC-logo-and-name-updated-1.pdf

 

Nuts & Peanuts

We exclude any food product or recipe that contains tree nuts, such as almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, and peanuts, a legume also known as monkey nut or ground nut. Any food product or recipe containing nuts or peanuts, including all nut and peanut (arachis) oil, are excluded if you select this profile.

Peanut - Peanuts, a legume, is included in this category due to user feedback and ease of locating within the application.

May also contain nuts - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains Nuts” is excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals, who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen, to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on tree nut and peanut allergy, please see the following fact sheet produced by Allergy UK: https://www.allergyuk.org/downloads/factsheets/types-of-allergy/peanut---tree-nut-allergy.pdf

 

Pulses, beans & peas

We exclude any food product or recipe that contains pulses including beans, peas and lentils and any derived products.

 

Seeds

We exclude any food product or recipe that contains seeds such as sunflower seed, mustard seed, poppy seed, rapeseed, cottonseed, flaxseed and poppy seed.

Coconut - Despite the misleading “nut” in its name, coconut is classified as a seed in the UK and therefore appears in the Spoon Guru seed category.

May also contain seeds - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains Seeds” is excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals, who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen, to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on seed allergy, please see the following fact sheet produced by Allergy UK: https://www.allergyuk.org/downloads/factsheets/types-of-allergy/sesame---other-seeds.pdf

 

Sesame

We exclude any food product or recipe that contains any form of sesame, including sesame seeds, sesame oil and sesame derived products such as hummus, tahini and halvah.

May also contain sesame - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains Sesame” is excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals, who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen, to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on sesame allergy, please see the following fact sheet produced by Allergy UK: https://www.allergyuk.org/downloads/factsheets/types-of-allergy/sesame---other-seeds.pdf

 

Shellfish

With regards to seafood, we offer the ability to exclude fish, shellfish or both. In the shellfish category we exclude any food product or recipe that contains crustaceans or molluscs. “Crustaceans” includes all types of crustaceans such as lobster, crab, prawns and langoustines. “Molluscs” includes any species of mollusc for example oyster, squid, cockles, mussels, winkle and scallops, as well as land molluscs like snails.

May also contain crustacean/mollusc/shellfish - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains Shellfish/Mollusc/Crustacean” is excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals, who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen, to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on fish allergy, please see the following fact sheet produced by Allergy UK: https://www.allergyuk.org/downloads/factsheets/types-of-allergy/fish-seafood-allergy.pdf

 

Six Food Exclusion Diet

Important information regarding the Six Food Exclusion Diet:

The Spoon Guru app should be used as an information resource only. It’s not a replacement for medical advice. We advise you follow the six food exclusion diet under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian using the app for inspiration only.

The Six Food Exclusion Diet is intended only for those who have Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), an immune/antigen-mediated disease. The diet involves removal of the 6 food groups most likely to induce an allergic reaction: cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, fish/shellfish, tree nuts/peanuts and soy. Following removal of all 6, sequential introduction of all excluded single foods is undertaken to determine tolerance levels under the close supervision of a Registered Dietitian.

May also contain statements - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains [milk, soya, wheat, egg, fish & shellfish, tree nuts & peanuts]” is excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals who can tolerate trace levels of a specific ingredient, to not have to be unnecessarily restrictive. This should be decided by your Dietitian.

For further information on the Six Food Exclusion Diet please refer to this post: http://bit.ly/NewDiets-Jan2016

 

Soya

We exclude any food product or recipe that contains soy/soya. All forms of soy such as soy flour, soya milk, whole soybeans, edamame (immature soybeans), soy sauce, soya oil, soya lecithin are excluded.

May also contain soya - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains Soya” are excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on soy allergy, please see the following fact sheet produced by Allergy UK: https://www.allergyuk.org/soya-and-soy-allergy/soya-soy-allergy

 

Sulphites

We exclude any food product or recipe that contains sulphites. This includes sulphur dioxide, sodium metabisulphite, potassium metabisulphite, sodium hydrogen sulphite, calcium sulphite, calcium hydrogen sulphite and potassium hydrogen sulphite.  

May also contain sulphite - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains Sulphites” is excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals who can tolerate trace levels of a specific allergen to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on sulphite sensitivity, please see the following factsheet produced by Anaphylaxis Campaign: http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Sulphites-V8a-1.pdf

 

Yeast

The majority of baked goods are produced using baker’s yeast (S. cerevisiae) therefore we will exclude ingredients such as bread, bread roll, croissant, pastries, doughnut, chelsea bun, muffins and crumpets. Brewers yeast is used in the production of alcohol such as wine, beer and cider and therefore these will be excluded.

Mycoprotein, also known as fungal protein, are protein from fungi which could exist within the yeast family. Quorn and other mycoprotein sources, unless specifically stated that product is yeast-free, will be excluded.

All cheese is considered unsuitable for someone who wants to exclude yeast unless the product specifically states that it is yeast free.

Naturally occurring yeasts can grow on the skins of fruits such as grapes, apples and peaches and berries such as gooseberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. These will be tagged as “may contain yeast”.

May also contain yeast - Any product with the statement “not suitable for, may contain, produced in a factory that contains Yeast” is excluded when this subcategory is selected. This function enables those individuals who can tolerate trace levels of a specific ingredient to determine how strict they want to be.

For further information on yeast sensitivity, please see the following factsheet produced by Allergy UK: http://www.allergyuk.org/common-food-intolerances/yeast-intolerance

Or read our blog: http://bit.ly/NewDiets-Jan2016 

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If you would like more information on specific ingredient enquires please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please email hello@spoon.guru and we will be more than happy to answer any questions.

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