Food Additives Allergy Testing
In recent years, the food industry has been utilizing additives to increase the shelf life and enhance the flavor of many packaged products. While most additives are known to be harmless, there are some that do cause adverse reactions in certain individuals. This additive intolerance is an increasing problem and can restrict one’s diet considerably. If you think you may have an additive allergy, Test Smartly provides testing options that will help you avoid unpleasant symptoms.
Food Additives: Small Enough to Cause Trouble
For the most part, commonly found additives in foods are harmless to humans, with a minority being the exception in some cases. In other words, it is uncommon to find an additive that can harm, and it is uncommon to actually be harmed by said additive. These riskier additives include:
- MSG (monosodium glutamate)
Enhances the flavor of food
Yellow food coloring
A sweetener used is sugar-free products
Red food coloring
Note that none of these additives are guaranteed to be a problem. Indeed, many “problem” additives are incredibly unlikely to hurt most people, but there are some who can experience a great deal of discomfort from stomach pains, headaches, hives, and more. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after consuming food or drink, consider getting tested at Test Smartly Labs.
To schedule a test, contact us today! Or simply walk-in to one of our Kansas City Locations.
Information On This Topic
Understanding the Differences between Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities & Intolerances
There are millions of people all over the world who have some kind of allergy, and they don’t even know it. Have you ever felt that as the season changes, your skin gets itchy, or you sneeze when you pet an animal, or you start wheezing or feeling bloated when you eat a specific food item?
The Importance of Allergy, Sensitivity & Intolerance Testing to Food, Pets, Molds, and Plants
Breaking down the common misconceptions surrounding various food intolerances.
Food allergies, food sensitivities, and food intolerances are serious business.
Zoomers Food Sensitivity Tests – Improve Result Accuracy
How Direct Access Testing (DAT) is improving fitness regimens, health outcomes, and preventative care at a fraction of the cost to consumers.
Food additives include the following groups:
- Antioxidants (such as BHA and BHT)
- Emulsifiers and stabilizers (such as gums and lecithin)
- Food dyes and colorings (such as tartrazine, annatto, and carmine)
- Flavorings and taste enhancers (such as MSG, spices, and sweeteners)
- Preservatives (such as benzoates, nitrites, and acids)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps a list of all of the food additives currently used in the United States.
Be prepared for your lab test:
- Make sure you have been Fasting for at least 10-12 hours for many blood tests
- Make sure you are Hydrated for blood draw
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your lab test upfront (We don't process insurance claims but can provide you with information to submit your own insurance claim)
- If you are having specialized testing, call ahead to help us determine if there are special collection preparations.
- If you are interested in one of our health panels, please feel free to look at our web listing to help identify which one you want performed.
- Please try to arrive 30 minutes prior to business closing to allow us time to process your samples for shipment.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.