I was kindly provided a Pinnertest food intolerance test and was not compensated for my time. As always, all opinions remain my own.
The term food intolerance seems to be popping up more frequently these days. Is it that they are more common or are we more aware and in-tune with our bodies? Either way, it is always best to seek medical attention before you start to remove any food group from your diet aka lifestyle.
To be honest, I was very hesitant to complete this Pinnertest food intolerance test because I questioned the accuracy and it can seem a little restrictive – what if my results showed five or more foods I was intolerant to? Would I try to avoid those foods (especially if they were foods I loved) in hopes of feeling a different way? How could I share that with you guys and continue to encourage you to eat all the food without restricting? Tough.
So I went through with it because I was actually questioning a few foods at the time and it was driving me crazy! I received my Pinnertest in the mail with easy instructions. All it took was a quick and painless finger prick then placing a blood sample from my finger on the designated pad. The pad was then sealed up and shipped out – simple!
It took about 2 weeks total for me to receive my results and I was getting quite anxious. After reading through my results, I no longer questioned the accuracy (to a certain degree) of the test because the two foods that showed I was moderately intolerant to, I tend to get red spots and/or rashes after consuming them in normal quantities. Sometimes I’ll say the heck with it and eat them on occasion but I know what might happen afterwards. Still, thankful it is not a severe allergy. This is an intolerance test and NOT an allergy test.
The four foods that showed up on my results list from about 200 different foods were tomatoes (moderately), strawberries (moderately), cinnamon (low) and cabbage (low). I was completely shocked by the cinnamon and cabbage because I eat them both regularly. I have cinnamon almost every day and I loooove cabbage. Besides some typical bloat from over eating cabbage, I never experience any other symptoms I can think of, but then again, they are both rated as very low reaction.
I was very surprised to find that mango did NOT show up on my results – I get little blisters on my lips and they will get very irritated after consuming mango. Did this not show up possibly due to the fact that I have not consumed any mango in the past few months, therefore, no trace of it in my system? Apparently this reaction is from the un-washed mango skin and can cause “poison ivy lips”. Does this happen to anyone else? Maybe it could also be related to hay fever…
I think I will continue to consume cinnamon (I love it too much!) and cabbage but continue to stay clear of tomatoes and strawberries like I usually do. I will definitely introduce them back at some point to see what happens with my skin and give you an update.
If you question any food sensitivity and/or allergy, I encourage you to get tested instead of doing countless trial and errors. It will save you your sanity and a major headache!