One of my friends recently had the Mediator Release Test (MRT) performed and came to me with her results because she is confused. Here are what I assume to be just part of the results:
FD&C Blue #1
FD&C Green #3
FD&C Yellow #5
Now the question is, what is she suppose to eat now? Should she follow the advice of the test and be staying away from the foods listed under the reactive category? Can she avoid the reactive foods and when her gut gets happy again, slowly reintroduce those foods and see what happens? Is the MRT even a credible test?
I'm a little confused too. Personally, I wouldn't know what to do if I had to give up garlic
In case you haven't heard of the MRT before, here is a short description:
The Mediator Release Test (MRT) helps us pinpoint which foods and chemicals are causing immune cells to "react" and release "Mediators" into the blood. Mediators are very powerful chemicals such as Histamine, Prostaglandins, Serotonin, Cytokines (and many others), which can have negative effects on our physiology. When intolerant foods are consumed and provoke mediator release in meaningful amounts, they become the actual cause of symptom production experienced by the IBS sufferer.