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Think certain foods are making your life hell? Read on to learn how to identify the culprits and get back to eating the things you love.
According to a report by Harvard Medical School, as many as 60 million Americans are cursed with a food intolerance or sensitivity, with lactose (a milk sugar) and gluten (a gluey protein found in grains) being the most common offenders. This can be bad news for fitness buffs and vegetarians who rely on dairy products for high quality protein and products containing gluten for complex carbohydrates.
But here’s the good news: an intolerance doesn’t necessarily mean you have to eliminate the foods you love completely, nor does it have to affect your goals in the gym. “It’s very common to have food intolerances, but they can be managed with a little trial and error,” says Angela Lemond, CSP, LD, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “You can get to the bottom of it and still manage your active lifestyle.” In fact, with the right approach to your diet, your workouts may actually improve, and the only thing that will be gone for good will be the pain in your gut.
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