Role for food‐specific IgG‐based elimination diets

Kate Hicks (Department of Health Sciences, University of York, Heslington, York, UK)
Gillian Hart (YorkTest Laboratories Ltd, York Science Park, York, UK)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Publication date: 12 September 2008



Evidence has suggested that elimination diets based on food‐specific IgG measurement can lead to improvements in chronic ill health symptoms. This paper aims to review the evidence from studies on food‐specific IgG measurement and dietary change.


A literature review of studies on the putative role for food‐specific IgG‐based elimination diets was undertaken.


The use of fully standardised clinically evaluated food‐specific IgG tests as a basis for elimination diet could lead to a considerable improvement in many patients' quality of life.


This unique review captures evidence for a viable alternative to the time consuming and expensive elimination diet/food challenge approach.



Hicks, K. and Hart, G. (2008), "Role for food‐specific IgG‐based elimination diets", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 38 No. 5, pp. 404-416.

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