Most people with food intolerance figure out what to eat the hard and fairly unpleasant way. It is an issue for nearly every second person. Then again, it’s hard to be certain because we don’t know the cause of many digestive complaints, let alone how to diagnose or treat them. 

In this talk Amber will share her research looking at what we know about food intolerances and why they are so hard to pin down. 

Using milk intolerance as an example, Amber will explore how to deal with dairy, how our overall diet can change how we tolerate trigger foods, what our genes and gut microbiome have to do with all this and how we can change the way our bodies respond. Most importantly, Amber will discuss how scientists can help find better ways to diagnose and manage intolerances.


Research Fellow at Auckland’s Liggins Institute, Amber Milan, is interested in food — and how bodies respond to what people eat.

Hailing from Canada, Amber studied Biopharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Ottawa before completing a BSc (Honours) in Nutrition and Dietectics at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She moved to New Zealand to undertake her PhD seeking a holistic view of the impact of nutrition on human health. 

Her studies look at digestion, fat, protein, and vitamin metabolism, digestive discomfort, and ageing; and most recently she examines food intolerances to better understand how to identify and manage them.


6:30 PM @Sweat shop Brew Kitchen, 7 Sale St, Auckland | Entrance over 18