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Gluten Busters: Why Gluten Intolerance Does Not Exist

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.

Gluten Busters: The Truth About Coeliac’s Disease

Is Coeliac’s disease one of the biggest wellbeing hoaxes of our time?

Coeliac's disease is an audio immune disorder that means the lining of your small intestine is susceptible to attack from gluten - a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

Although it’s been a buzzword in recent years, the symptoms of Coeliac’s has been written about as far back at the first century AD by a Greek physician named Aretaeus of Cappadocia.

As many people as there are who are claiming to be Coeliac, only 1% of the population has this auto-immune disease.

As this allergy is life-threatening - and the only way to know is to be tested - if you suffer any form of allergic reaction like swelling or pain in your gut or joints when eating wheat, chat to your GP right away who will recommend a blood test by an immunologist.

For patients who aren’t Coeliac but experience similar symptoms, learn more about gluten intolerance (and how it is often misdiagnosed) here.