There are certain types of foods which can have an inflammatory effect on particularly sensitive individuals causing unpleasant symptoms.It is helpful to become aware of these food groups and notice from your pet’s results if there is a number of reactive items from these groups.
Nightshade fruit and vegetables
If your pet suffers from arthritis-like symptoms, weakened digestive system or an autoimmune disorder, you may find that they are reactive to some of the foods from this family.
There are a couple of theories as to why symptoms are caused by the consumption of these foods.
In animal studies, it has been shown to be a link between arthritis, joint and bone problems, where symptoms increase with the consumption of nightshades.
Nightshade vegetables have a potent form of vitamin D3 which prevents proper calcium metabolism, causing the body to deposit calcium in the soft tissues instead of the bones. In animals, this causes very painful joint inflammation and arthritis-like symptoms. Nightshades- Alkaloids, Lectins and autoimmunity
Other research attributes the autoimmune negative effects of nightshades to various other factors such as a group of chemical compounds called alkaloids. Alkaloids include solanine found in potato’s especially when they turn green, nicotine in very small amounts and capsaicin, which is what gives peppers their heat.
These compounds naturally defend the plant from pests and mould that would threaten its existence, so they are toxic to a degree. In the edible nightshades, these are in such small amounts and mostly in stems and leaves which we don’t eat. Pets who have compromised digestive systems and who may have an Autoimmune disorder have trouble with them.
Alkaloids can also irritate the gut as it can kill things in a person’s intestines, the cells lining the gut are the first to be affected, contributing towards leaky gut syndrome.
What are lectins?
Lectins are naturally occurring proteins that are found in most plants, they serve as a protective function as plants grow.
Foods that contain higher amounts of lectins include beans, peanuts, lentils, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, fruits, wheat and other grains.
These proteins in sensitive individuals can cause gut irritation and other symptoms.
If your pet suffers from digestive issues such as bloating, abdominal pain and gas, it may be aggravated by this particular food group, as foods in this group can cause IBS symptoms.
It is worth looking at the particular foods in your results and noticing if they are within this group.
What are Fodmap foods?
Fodmap stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and Polyols. These are carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that are poorly absorbed by the body causing bloating and abdominal pain. They occur in some foods naturally and in some additives.
It is to be noted, that unless your pet suffers from an autoimmune disorder, IBS symptoms or joint arthritis-like symptoms, these food groups more often than not don’t cause a problem, so it isn’t advisable to just exclude them without symptoms as they also have many nutritional benefits.