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Food Sensitivities, Inflammation, and Insulin

Posted May 08 2009 11:38pm
I ran into an interesting article the other day at Medical News Today. It was about how hidden allergies and food sensitivities can affect our weight. It was a review of an original journal article published in the Middle Eastern Journal of Family Medicine last month. And what caught my attention was the focus on inflammation.

Obesity is associated with low-grade inflammation of white adipose tissue, which current thought is attributing to the activation of the immune system. The OVER-activation, actually. With the theory being that the inflammation is triggered by food sensitivities and/or intolerances. And that an elimination diet could go a long ways towards helping folks correct their overweight problems.

This particular study used something called an ALCAT test to measure the sensitivities of 27 patients, 14 males and 13 females. The ALCAT test measures white blood cell reactivity to each agent being analyzed.

Now, this isn't new. I can remember reading a book about this kind of testing many years ago, (though I can't remember what it was called now), where the author had performed the test on himself, removed all offending foods and drinks from his diet, and was able to regain his health.

So that's basically what this study did.

They tested these folks, removed the offending food and drink, and then sat back for 12 weeks and watched what happened. In 12 weeks, the average weight loss was a whopping 37lbs! The average drop in BMI was 6 points. And the average decrease in fat percentage was 30%!

The article quotes Dr. Pescatore, former Medical Director of the Atkins Center, regarding his opinion about the study. And his response was to back up ALCAT testing itself: "I've used the ALCAT test with my difficult patients time and time again, and it always works."

Now as far as low carb is concerned, the scientific theory the article puts forth comes from a book by Roger Deutsch entitled "Your Hidden Food Allergies are Making You Fat." He believes that inflammation created when you eat foods you're sensitive or intolerant too activates the immune system, which then produces chemicals that block insulin receptors. The consequence of which is stored fat.

So maybe...just maybe...carbs themselves are not necessarily the bad guy on the block!
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