Food allergy link to inflammation Food allergy link to inflammation Research carried out by a team at York University and food allergy researchers YorkTest showed a vast improvement in people suffering from various inflammatory diseases after they identified and eliminated certain problem foods from their diet. More than 75% of the 5,000 participants who took part in the study showed the improvement within three weeks of cutting out the foods, which were identified through an IgG antibodies test, commonly used to identify food intolerance. Of the people who took part in the research, 91% saw improvement in flatulence/wind, 90% saw improved upset stomach symptoms, 88% had fewer general aches and pains, 87% were less fatigued, 84% had fewer rashes and 74% saw improved arthritis symptoms after changing their diet. Those with IBS showed a significant reduction in stomach distension, bowel dysfunction and general well-being, and also showed a reduction in factors such as pain and fatigue. Geoffrey Hardman, of the University of York, and co-author of the study, said: "This robust survey, the largest of its kind, gives a clear indication of the benefits that dietary change can make on some of the most common chronic conditions." CIDs such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), arthritis and psoriasis are thought to affect 45% of the population. Food intolerance sufferers often react to more than one food that can also result in conditions such as bloating, tiredness, migraines and digestive complaints, the study added. The YorkTest FoodScan Food Intolerance Test is a finger-prick home testing kit, which can identify up to 113 problem "trigger foods". It is currently available from Yorktest.com or by calling UK 0800 074 6185 and starts at £9.99, priced up to £265.