Pinnertest Food Intolerance Test (Part 2)

A couple weeks ago I took the Pinnertest food intolerance test to see if I have any food intolerances, or in other words if my body is experiencing difficulty in digesting certain foods.  In Part 1 of this blog series I provided a full explanation of the Pinnertest and why I decided to take the test even though I do not experience any digestive issues (pain/gas/bloating/etc).

My results came in Thursday of last week and today I’m going to share my results, as well as discuss the differences between this test and the food intolerance test results from the one I took in November 2016 (at my Chiropractor’s office).

Before we look at my results, here’s how to interpret them:

Foods listed in the green column indicate that I do not have an intolerance to them and they may be eaten without restriction.  The red column indicates the foods that I have an intolerance to and it is suggested that I eliminate them from my diet.  There are three levels of reaction for the red column: +1 = low reaction, +2 = moderate reaction, +3 = high reaction.

So, here are my test results:

 

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Firstly, I’m feeling pretty good about these results!  According to this test, I barely have any food intolerances and none of the food intolerances that I have are at a level 3!  I appear to have a level 1 (low) intolerance to egg whites and cabbage, and a level 2 (moderate) intolerance to pork and shrimp.

Now let’s look at my results from the food intolerance test that I took in November of last year at my chiropractor’s office.  (Note: this test only looked at 90 different foods but tested for both IgG {gray bar} and IgA {white bar} antibodies; whereas the Pinnertest tests for 200 different foods and only tests IgG antibodies.)

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(Sorry for the poor photo quality but I didn’t have an electronic file for these results.)

Obviously this test has a slightly different classification system than Pinnertest, but we can still look at and compare the foods that I had a low, moderate and high reaction to for the IgG antibodies {gray shaded bar}.

For this test, my body had a low IgG reaction to: casein, cottage cheese, kidney beans, milk, mushrooms, sugar cane, whey and yogurt; Moderate reaction to: brewer’s yeast and whole duck eggs; and a high reaction to: chicken egg whites and yolks.

I find the differences in these results quite interesting.  The only food that I appear to be consistently intolerant to is egg whites.  I was actually shocked that I didn’t have an intolerance to yeast according to the Pinnertest results because I had a huge intolerance to it before.  However, there is such a thing as temporary food intolerance (explained below).  And something I have worked hard on these past few months is to severely cut back on yeast.  So, it is possible that I was experiencing issues with it at the time, but cutting back (not completely eliminating it) has allowed my body to better deal with digesting this type of food.

What is a temporary food intolerance?

Temporary food intolerances can be caused by:

  • Eating too much of a particular food.
  • Reactions to food additives.
  • High pollen season or high mold seasons that may cause reactions in some people.
  • Viruses such as cold, flu or gastric viruses.
  • Taking medication such as antibiotics. Overgrowth of candida, which is a yeast infection.
  • Women are more likely to have temporary food intolerances at ovulation in mid-cycle or when they’re pre-menstrual. Hormonal changes in menopause, during or after pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding can also bring on temporary food intolerances.

Here are my thoughts on the change in my yeast results… I was consuming a lot of yeast (kombucha & mustard specifically) prior to my food intolerance test back in November 2016.  I could have had an overgrowth of candida that has since settled down thanks to cutting back on yeast (candida is a natural part of our flora).  I am also pregnant = hormonal changes galore!

My takeaway from these two tests

I think that testing for food intolerances is a great thing to do if you have any sort of digestive issues or unexplained skin issues, mood swings, cravings, constant headaches, etc.  Taking a food intolerance test like Pinnertest can be a powerful tool for solving many of these problems.  And what I find great about it, is that just because you have an intolerance at a specific period in your life doesn’t mean you will always be sensitive to that food or can never eat it again.  Sometimes eliminating a specific food for a couple weeks or months can be very therapeutic and healing for your gut, especially if you consume a lot of it.  Then you can re-introduce that particular food and see if you notice a reaction.

After my first food intolerance test (back in November) I cut way back on yeast containing foods, as well as decreased my consumption of the other foods I was intolerant to.  I think this has helped and provides an explanation for the change in my results.  As far as the foods I am intolerant to based off of the Pinnertest…well, I have been consuming quite a bit of cabbage!  I have had a little bit of pork and honestly cannot remember when I last had shrimp, but apparently my body does not like those foods.  Cutting these out of my diet, or rather limiting my consumption of them won’t be an issue.

For anyone interested, you can use my Pinnertest discount code: RABBIT for $60 off your purchase of the Pinnertest food intolerance test and free shipping. 

So what are your thoughts on food intolerance testing?  Have you tried it?  What do you think of my two sets of results?

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Pinnertest for this blog post. 

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