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Rice allergy and intolerance

When you think of food allergy or intolerance, rice isn’t something that automatically comes to mind. However, rice contains proteins, which means it can cause allergy and it can also cause intolerance symptoms. Today we discuss the most common symptoms of rice allergy and intolerance, how you can get tested, what foods to avoid and how you can manage a rice intolerance.

Rice allergy

If you have a rice allergy, even breathing steam coming off cooked rice can cause you to have symptoms. You don’t have to eat rice to react, but you do have to be near it, inhale the steam or touch it for symptoms to occur. 

The main rice allergy symptoms are similar to all other food allergy symptoms:

  • Hives, or red itchy skin rashes that come on quickly
  • Difficulty breathing or asthma symptoms
  • Swelling of face, lips, tongue and airways 
  • Digestive problems, diarrhoea, gut pains, gas
  • Anaphylaxis can also occur if it is a severe allergic reaction. This is life-threatening and needs immediate medical attention. 


Management of a rice allergy entails complete avoidance of all rice and rice containing products. A careful reading of labels must be undertaken. If anaphylaxis is likely, you will need to create a management plan with your doctor.

Rice intolerance

This occurs only after you have eaten rice, unlike the allergy, which can occur from touching rice or inhaling the steam off cooking rice. 

The most common symptoms of rice intolerance are inflammatory or digestive in nature.

  • Systemic inflammation that causes anything from stiff joints and achy muscles to headaches can occur. This is a tricky one to pinpoint because the reactions will be different for everyone.
  • Digestive distress, with bloating and pain, can also occur. 
  • Diarrhoea or constipation 
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue after eating rice


Remember also that intolerance symptoms can take up to 48 hours to manifest. This can make it difficult to pinpoint the exact foods that are causing your symptoms.

What to do if you suspect you have a rice intolerance.

The first thing that we always recommend to people who suspect they have a food intolerance is getting tested. Our state-of-the-art bio-resonance test is completely non-invasive, with a quick turn around time. You can expect your results within three days of the lab receiving your small hair sample. You can read more information and order your test HERE. 

We recommend this as the first step because people see such dramatic improvements in their symptoms when using the results from this testing method. It also tests for more than just the food you are concerned about. Our current testing method assesses over 700 food and non-food items that may be causing your body problems. It tests them all in the same procedure. We also have a six week 100% money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose! 

You can also get tested via a blood draw, but this is obviously much more invasive and can take a lot longer to receive results. 

Another way to assess whether you have a food intolerance is to practice an elimination diet. Eliminate the food for a period, and then slowly reintroduce it. This can give some good results, but it is time-consuming and can be quite frustrating if the problem is not the food you think. We have written an article all about elimination diets; you can access it HERE.

Foods to avoid if you have a rice allergy or a rice intolerance:

We are assuming here that you have been diagnosed with an allergy or have taken a food intolerance test, and rice is on your list of intolerance foods. The following are the most common places that rice is found. Be sure to avoid them all.

 

  • All rice crackers and rice cake products
  • Cereal that contains rice. Check all gluten-free products as they often include rice.
  • Rice pasta and noodles
  • Rice bread
  • Rice milk
  • Baby foods, check the ingredients
  • Risotto and other rice dishes
  • Also, check all processed and pre-packaged foods, as rice is often used as a thickener. This includes things like long-life milk and even some yoghurt brands.

How to manage rice intolerance

Assuming again that you have received a test result for rice intolerance, here is what you can do to manage it. 

For a period of 12 weeks, avoid rice and all rice containing foods strictly. This gives your gut a chance to get rid of the inflammation and heal. It is also a great idea to undertake some gut healing work with a naturopath or holistic nutritionist during this time. Not only does this improve your health overall, but it also makes it more likely that you will be able to tolerate some rice when you retest. 

After 12 weeks, you can slowly reintroduce rice. Have a small amount on day 1, and then wait for 3 days before consuming any more. This allows you to see if your body is still reacting to it or perhaps whether you can tolerate it better now. Everyone will respond differently here. The important thing is to take this process slowly and give enough time before consuming it again to be sure of any symptoms that might be occurring.

Summary

Rice can seem relatively benign, but in fact, it still contains proteins and therefore can cause both food allergies and food intolerance. We have had a look at the most common symptoms of both and covered what you can do if you suspect you have a rice intolerance. 

There is a handy list of foods that contain rice and guidance on what to do if you get a rice intolerance diagnosis. All hope is not lost, and you may be able to tolerate some rice again after your cleansing period. 

As always, if you suspect you have a rice intolerance, the first step is to get yourself tested. You can order your test HERE today and be on the road to recovery within 3 days of your sample being received at the lab. Please don’t delay; we want to see you getting better right away! 

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