Food Allergies and Intolerance
Many people believe they have a food allergy or intolerance and exclude particular foods from their diet.
If this applies to just one or two specific foods, or if you can substitute another similar food in its place, such as rice instead of potatoes, or pears instead of apples, your diet is unlikely to suffer. However you should not exclude whole food groups, staple food items such as bread or meat from your diet, or long lists of different foods, without speaking to a doctor or dietitian.
One of the dangers of self-diagnosing food intolerances, especially in children, is that it can lead to very restricted diets, which may lack important nutrients. Children with suspected food intolerances should always see a dietitian to ensure that they are consuming enough to meet all their nutritional needs. Children are often fussy eaters at the best of times so never add to the difficulties by excluding a food without good reason.