Doctor insights on:
Health Benefits Of Vital Wheat Gluten
Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more
Ill-defined: Both are "pop" restricted diets and there are quite a few people convinced that one or both has helped them subjectively despite their not being in a group that needs to restrict (gluten enteropathy, galactosemia). It will make your life much more difficult, it will be even harder to be a good guest, and we await objective results from real science. Benefits may really exist for some people. ...Read more
Does it make sense for me to go gluten free even if I am not intolerant to gluten? What health benefits will I derive from such a diet?
Probably not: Nobody knows what percentage of people are gluten-sensitive (celiac sprue / dermatitis herpetiformis). Because these people respond so dramatically to a gluten-free diet, and because any claim will attract believers, a gluten-free diet is now being promoted for everything. If there is any benefit for the non-allergic, it has resisted demonstration to the satisfaction of most scientists. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What foods can I eat that are gluten free, not processed/packaged, and no sugar? Need some ideas badly! What are some health benefits this diet has?
Not much unless...: Gluten sensitive enteropathy is an inflammatory condition of the small bowel where its lining flattens after exposure to dietary gluten, with associated malabsorption, anemia, increased cancer risk. Gluten intolerance occurs in about 10% of americans who may get diarrhea after exceeding their threshold for gluten intake. Short of these patients, trying a gluten free diet is giving in to just a fad. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, there is evidence that industrialized wheat in most processed foods has a higher percentage of gluten than heirloom varieties from a century ago. This may be one reason we are seeing increase in wheat and gluten sensitivity. It is possible to have an allergy or intolerance to wheat but it is far more common to be intolerant to the hard to digest gluten component, also in rye & barley. ...Read more
Would one with wheat intolerance (not celiac) need to go completely gluten free or could they benefit by just reducing or eliminating wheat from diet?
If you do not have gluten sensitivity or celiac, the gluten in bagels should be fine.
Roughly 6 percent of the U.S. Population is gluten sensitive and 1 percent has celiac.
Gluten is present in every flour based product you eat including breads, bagels, rolls.
Most people have no problems with gluten. ...Read more
Gluten-free websites: There are many clearinghouse websites with gluten-free guides and information. Some of the best ones are http://www. Celiac. Org/, http://www. Celiac. Com/, http://www. Csaceliacs. Info/, http://www. Glutenfreediet. Ca/handouts. Php. ...Read more
Nothing: They basically mean the same thing.Get a more detailed answer ›
If its one of those: See prior answer for more full response. ...Read more
Read labels!: Good for you! It's smart to read labels, particularly if avoidance of certain foods (like gluten in celiac patients) is a must. False advertising in the case of products you indicate is tragic. Contact the manufacturer, the food seller and if unsatisfied with the response take your concern to the next level. ...Read more
See Allergist: An IgE-mediated allergic reaction to wheat is very common, especially in children (less common to develop as an adult). Celiac disease (gluten allergy) is a completely unrelated condition and not related to true wheat allergy which leads to hives, itching, swelling, wheeze, etc upon exposure. See an Allergist in order to clarify your reactions and determine if you have a true allergy or not. ...Read more
It can be, but needs: To be validated or checked first. It's important to see when you're feeling anxious, or have panic attacks (If you do?) Then, do a food log for a week to see if there's a correlation. To what ur eating (GMO gluten wheat, pasta vs. Sugars can do it too (candida).Then u can have ur dr. Do a CYREX lab panel to look at this specifically. It'ill not work as well, if you've eliminated it. Start there 1st! ...Read more
My daughter lucy wets her bed only when she eats gluten or wheat products. Does that mean she's intolerant or should avoid them?
Worth testing: Bedwetting is not a feature seen with most who have gluten/wheat issues. If you believe there is a consistent relationship to exposure, simple blood tests could confirm or exclude a need to avoid gluten. If she does have a gluten intolerance or celiac, it is important to know so her docs can follow her for other problems that arise in that population. ...Read more