Inclusions and Exclusions

Some people have food intolerances, others think they do, and most people have some foods that they simply don’t like.

FoodAdvisr allows users to select individual foods (such as ‘beef’) or a whole food group (such as ‘meat and poultry’).

Whatever the reason for wanting to exclude certain ingredients from their diet, we enable users to tailor their requirements specifically to their needs.

What is Food Intolerance?

A food intolerance isn’t the same as a food allergy.

People with food intolerance may have symptoms such as diarrhoea, bloating and stomach cramps. This may be caused by difficulties digesting certain substances, such as lactose. However, no allergic reaction takes place.

Important differences between a food allergy and a food intolerance include:

– the symptoms of a food intolerance usually occur several hours after eating the food

– you need to eat a larger amount of food to trigger an intolerance than an allergy

– a food intolerance is never life threatening, unlike an allergy

What foods are included?

The simple answer is; any and all.

Most of us probably don’t think too hard about what foods we’re eating. However, there is a massive trend in society to trying to eat healthier.

The problem is, most people think of this just as less salt, sugar or fat. That is very important,  but what few of us realise is that we could feel – and be – a lot healthier, livelier and more comfortable if we knew which foods ‘agreed’ with us, and which didn’t.


How do users set their food inclusions and exclusions?

It’s the second section users have to complete when they use FoodAdvisr, so we’ve ensured to make it as easy as possible.

We ask users to toggle all the foods or food groups they want to exclude from their diet. When it comes to setting their inclusions, users can choose to highlight foods that are high in protein, low in fat and more.

Once their Inclusions and Exclusions have been set, these are used by the app in EVERY product scan or menu browse. Even when they use a pre-built profile (such as Diabetes), these settings are checked every time.

As a FoodAdvisr partner, your dishes are fed directly to consumers, targeting prospective foodies with unique dietary requirements.

Include and exclude screen

Scan results screen

How will users know if there’s an ingredient in their food selection that they have excluded?

If a scanned item contains ANY of the food intolerances that a user has set, a white exclamation mark in a red box will appear against that item.  The choice is theirs – but we act according to their settings!

Users can change their intolerance settings simply using the toggle buttons and going back to their scan results.

For their own wellness, we advise that users leave their exclusions alone once they’ve been set!


Histamine Intolerance

Histamine, tyramine and phenyl ethylamine are vasoactive amines (also known as Biogenic Amines), chemicals which occur naturally in certain foods.

Most people tolerate the amounts found in a normal diet. However, some people experience symptoms to even normal levels of vasoactive amines, which may be due to a reduced ability to break them down in their digestive systems. Symptoms of histamine intolerance include:

  • Headaches,
  • Rashes, flushing
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting

Symptoms may occur 30 minutes or longer after eating and the level of intolerance does vary from person to person

Foods with high histamine content:

  • Alcohol
  • Pickled or canned foods – sauerkrauts
  • Matured cheeses
  • Smoked meat products – salami, ham, sausages…
  • Shellfish
  • Beans and pulses – chickpeas, soy beans, peanuts
  • Nuts – walnuts, cashew nuts
  • Chocolates and other cocoa based products
  • Vinegar
  • Ready meals
  • Salty snacks, sweets with preservatives and artificial colourings

Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is a comparatively newly recognised condition, although there is still a lot of controversy as to whether or not it exists and whether it is caused by gluten or another protein found in wheat. It is unclear if it is an intolerance or whether the immune system is involved and it is also unclear if it is life long or whether it is a temporary condition.

Patients commonly report a mixture of symptoms in response to eating wheat which include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Altered bowel habit
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Reflux

However gluten intolerance is also associated with symptoms outside the gut such as:

  • Foggy mind
  • Joint pains
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • General lack of well being

Common Foods That Contain Gluten

  • Pastas
  • Noodles
  • Breads and Pastries
  • Crackers
  • Baked Goods
  • Cereal & Granola
  • Breakfast Foods
  • Breading & Coating Mixes
  • Croutons
  • Sauces & Gravies
  • Flour tortillas
  • Beer
  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Anything else that uses “wheat flour” as an ingredient


Foods That May Contain Gluten

  • Energy bars/granola bars
  • French fries (chips)
  • Potato chips (crisps)
  • Processed lunch meats
  • Candy and candy bars
  • Some soups
  • Salad dressings and marinades
  • Starch or dextrin
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Som meat substitutes
  • Soy sauce
  • Self-basting poultry
  • Pre-seasoned meats


Lactose Intolerance

This is a common disorder arising from an inability to digest lactose (milk sugar) because of low levels of the enzyme lactase. Lactose is the main sugar in milk and milk products from mammals (e.g. humans, cows, goats). Lactose intolerance is often confused with milk allergy, but it is NOT an allergy.

The symptoms of lactose intolerance are:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence (wind)
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Infantile colic

And less commonly, it can cause constipation and nausea.


Foods with high lactose content:

  • All animal milk. (Skimmed cow’s milk has more lactose than whole milk. Goat’s milk is slightly lower in lactose than cow’s milk)
  • Buttermilk
  • Curd cheese and ricotta
  • Cheese spread and processed cheese
  • Some cottage cheese
  • Ice cream
  • White sauce
  • Custard
  • Milk-based puddings such as rice pudding, crème caramel, baked egg custard etc


Moderate lactose content:

  • Cream cheese, some cottage cheese
  • Cream, crème fraîche, fromage frais
  • Fudge, butterscotch, toffee
  • Sweet’n’Low, Canderel, some other sweeteners
  • Some dry-roasted peanuts

Ready to become a partner?

There are many reasons to become a FoodAdvisr partner… Where do we begin?

Not only does it show your business’s transparency when it comes to allergen information, but it’ll also increase footfall, customers and revenue.

Getting involved with FoodAdvisr is easy, see our ‘How to’ 8 steps page for more information.