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Food intolerance affects more and more people

More and more people suffer from food intolerance and, for example, react to gluten, lactose or histamine with symptoms such as headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, a bloated stomach or fatigue. Accordingly, the 31st Nutrition Congress of Austrian Dietologists is devoted to the topic "Gastro-Entero-Hepatological Nutritional Turbulence", which will take place in Vienna from March 27th to 28th and will be organized by speakers such as Hanni Rützler, Kurt Widhalm and Herbert Tilg.

"Today we live increasingly in an intolerant society" The selection of allergen-free products in the shops is increasing, because more and more people suffer from food intolerance and cannot tolerate, for example, milk sugar (lactose), fruit sugar (fructose) or histamine. However, from an expert's perspective, consumer uncertainty is growing in parallel with the ever-increasing range of products on offer, since almost everyone is now suffering from an intolerance: “Today we increasingly live in an intolerant society. It appears that almost everyone develops intolerances to certain foods or ingredients, "said Andrea Hofbauer, Congress Director and first chairwoman of the Austrian Association of Dietitologists. Accordingly, the question arises whether, for example, gluten" is a danger to all people " or whether gluten intolerance is just a "fad".

Dietologists as "key drivers" in the area of ​​nutrition policy In this context, according to Hofbauer, the area of ​​dietology should ask the question of how to deal with this development in dietary treatment practice, but also in counseling. Because precisely because the suspected clinical pictures would often not be confirmed at all, in the event of an alleged intolerance, a consequent omission of important foods such as milk or cereals could even do more harm than good, according to the Federal Minister of Health, Alois Stöger (SPÖ). Accordingly, "serious information and advice [...] in addition to reliable diagnostics, appropriate treatment and professional nutritional therapy are particularly important." According to the politician, the dieticians would play a key role in ensuring competent nutritional advice and therapy and thereby act as a "key driver in the further development of Austrian food policy" for Stöger. (No)

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