Wheat intolerance is estimated to affect around one person in every three hundred. There are plenty of other food intolerance out there, which is why it’s important to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible – and the right advice on changing your diet.
A sudden change in diet can cause as many problems as it solves and, unless you’re absolutely sure about your wheat intolerance, cutting out a whole range of staple foods such as bread and pasta, isn’t necessarily good for you. The key to identifying wheat sensitivity is to get the right tests and to change your diet gradually and sensibly so that you’re still eating a balanced diet without exacerbating your symptoms.
Wheat intolerance dietary changes can be particularly tricky because it’s not until you actually start to remove wheat from your diet that you realize how many foodstuffs contain it. The obvious ones are bread, pasta and cereals, but you’ll also find wheat in soups and gravies, where it’s used as a thickening agent, as well as in lots of desserts, sauces, dressings, processed meats and some sweets. That’s a lot of stuff to cut out of your diet in one go – and you could actually be avoiding foods that are OK to eat.
When trying to pinpoint the nutritional cause of a physical problem, such as wheat intolerance, experts suggest cutting some foods gradually, to see if you feel a difference. If you do, you can try re-introducing these foods one at a time, which helps you to monitor how you are feeling, and also isolate the one or two types of food that are really causing the problem. Your intolerance may be down to the quantity of wheat you ingest at any one time – so bread and pasta may cause you a problem, but other foods are quite benign. Getting professional advice and taking your time to sort out your diet rather than making drastic changes will be more beneficial to your long-term health.
If you think you might be suffering from wheat intolerance but you’re not sure what to do next, don’t make any extreme changes to your diet and lifestyle without taking advice first. Any crash diet can have a negative effect on your body and your overall health, so it makes sense to seek the right advice first and approach things calmly and sensibly for a better result. There are plenty of resources and organizations that can help you get it right.
About the Author: Dr. Gillian Hart is a Scientific Director for YorkTest Laboratories who specializes in food intolerance testing to help identify causes for wheat intolerance symptoms and migraine symptoms.