We commonly encounter patients with wheat intolerances. When we explain disorder to them, they simply ask ‘I am taking wheat since childhood and how can it affect me now’? I will explain in this blog regarding intolerance to wheat and its consequences to health.
Wheat is considered one of the eight most allergic substances known in world. Wheat can lead to spectrum of disorders from wheat allergy/ gluten sensitivity to full blown celiac disease.
Wheat allergy and celiac disease both are separate disorders.
Strict avoidance of gluten from diet is most effective modality of treatment.
Person should avoid following gluten containing food:
Most of the features like abdominal discomfort/pain or bowel disturbances are seen in both IBS and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Many a time patient improves if he omits wheat from the diet. Actually wheat contains many other oligosaccharides which can be responsible for IBS like symptoms. It’s difficult to differentiate between both the entities.
A spectrum what clinician should know?
Gluten free movement and Misconceptions:
Many celebrities from Lady Gaga to Viral Kohli have adopted lifestyle of gluten free diet. Gluten free movement has significantly increased sale of gluten free products in market.
From dietary perspective, any sugar is harmful for the body. Wheat contains good amount of sugar/carbohydrates. Omission of wheat can helpful to reduce sugar consumption which can be beneficial for various disorders like obesity, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia or bowel disturbances. Although small amount of wheat is essential dietary supplement, Hence one should follow their dietitian advise carefully without blindly adopting any dietary changes which can lead to various nutritional deficiencies and even detrimental to health.