In recent years, the words ‘gluten intolerance’ have become as ubiquitous as ‘skinny soy decaf latte’.
But here’s the truth about gluten intolerance from a medical perspective, which could shock you somewhat: it simply does not exist.
Mounting interest in health and wellness in the last few years has lead to increasing numbers of people incorrectly diagnosing themselves as Coeliac or as being gluten intolerant.
'Gluten intolerance’ is what many people who experience symptoms like bloating and constipation from wheat claim to have.
In most cases, it may not be the protein known ‘gluten’ that is giving you a reaction, but some other part of the grain – like the bran, germ or endosperm.
By cutting wheat entirely out of your diet, you might be missing out on the benefits of a balanced diet that includes some high quality wheat elements like wholegrain like spelt.
If you are experiencing allergy symptoms, the only way to know is to chat to your GP about seeing an immunologist to work out exactly what you are allergic to.
Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater and avoid an entire category of nutrition in order to skip one small part of it.