Food sensitivity and allergy tests – are they or are they not reliable? This has been a hotly debated topic in the health world. It seems that every other person is talking about a food to which they are "allergic". Here are a few ways to test food sensitivities and allergies:
IgG Blood Tests: This is the current test used to determine sensitivity to a food based on an response by immunoglobulin G. Unfortunately, it can give false positive results if you are eating a lot of a particular food, or false negative results if you're not eating a food.
Skin Prick Allergy Tests: These are conducted by an allergist to determine if an immunoglobulin E (IgE) response to typical allergens like peanuts, pollen, and bee venom is present. A hive-like reaction will occur in response to substances to which you are allergic.
Ultimately, IgG food sensitivity tests can impart a great cost. So what deems them necessary? If you are absolutely not willing to make dietary changes to determine your food issues, then a test is definitely worth doing. And if you’ve tried the standard elimination diet without success it might be just what you need to determine your issues. Whether or not they are highly reliable is a moot point since they may reveal a sensitivity you’ve never even considered and isn’t removed by a typical elimination diet!
A food sensitivity test may be just what the naturopathic doctor ordered!