There has been much debate about whether gluten sensitivity really exists.
There’s no doubt that people with the autoimmune disorder celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten. They are more likely to have an immediate and severe reaction to wheat protein. They can experience severe symptoms such as intestinal cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, extreme fatigue, and even bone damage. Painful damage to the small intestinal tract can be one of the debilitating symptoms. i
There’s no debate about that. Gluten intolerance is a more complex issue. Gluten intolerance is also known as gluten sensitivity. Gluten sensitivity is when gluten causes milder symptoms that celiac disease.
Sufferers report bloating, tiredness, rashes, brain fog, and stomach aches.
For a long time, mainstream medicine was skeptical about gluten intolerance. Many doctors dismissed the complaints of sufferers, claiming that it was all in their heads.
Now, a study provides conclusive evidence that gluten sensitivity is real.
Gluten Harms Mental Health
Dr. Jessica Biesiekierski led the study at La Trobe University in Australia. She and her colleagues looked at 14 people who said they had gluten sensitivity. Two experiments were used to test the effects of gluten on subjects. ii
In the first, subjects ate yogurt with gluten. They ate the same yogurt with no gluten two weeks later.
For the second experiment, subjects ate muffins with gluten. They then ate gluten-free muffins for a few more weeks.
Both types of muffins and yogurts tasted the same. Participants were not able to tell which foods contained gluten.
The researchers did a detailed analysis of the subjects’ mental state after the participants ate each of the foods.
Subjects were more tired, more depressed, and had fewer positive emotions after eating the gluten muffins and yogurt.
Dr. Biesiekierski thinks this may show why people often say they feel mentally sharper after they stop eating gluten.
The results back up previous research by Dr. Biesiekierski. This study showed that gluten causes more depression symptoms in gluten-sensitive people.
Dr. Michael Potter of the University of Newcastle in Australia said: “These studies suggest there are definitely people who have reproducible mental health responses to gluten when they undergo blinded challenges.”
Should You Go Gluten-Free?
Maybe you’re tired even when you get enough sleep. You may feel mildly depressed. You might feel mildly depressed if you do not eat gluten. iii
Grains you should not eat:
- Oats (unless labeled “gluten free”)
- Triticale (it’s a hybrid of wheat and rye)
Grains you can eat include:
Give yourself at least a week without gluten to see if you feel better. You may be more energetic and sharper than usual if you don’t eat gluten for at least a week.
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