Life shouldn't be boring when you have wheat intolerance

By Clair Whitty - Naturally Healthy

Published 30/06/2015 | 00:00

Clair Whitty.
Clair Whitty.

Wheat intolerance can be very confusing.

One packet says that it's wheat free, which is fine. But another one says that it's wheat and gluten free, and suddenly you wonder what the difference is. If you're wheat intolerant you don't have to worry about whether or not it contains gluten. So, as long as the product says wheat free, and contains no wheat, wheat bran, or wheat starch you should be ok.

If you've had an intolerance test you may have been told that you can't have wheat, but you can have spelt. This is confusing because spelt is a type of wheat. But it's the original, ancient grain, it's less processed, and many people can digest spelt without any symptoms.

Food intolerance tests have a bad name because people think that everyone gets told they are intolerant to wheat. What I find is that the level of wheat based products in the diet can be very high compared to the rest of the food eaten. There is often a deficiency of fruit, vegetables, protein sources, and good quality oils.

Symptoms associated with wheat intolerance include bloating, digestive discomfort; headaches, skin rashes, mood swings, and energy slumps. These are the symptoms that drive people to have a food intolerance test to confirm their suspicions. Food intolerance should not be ignored because if you continue to eat food that your body doesn't want you can affect your body's ability to function at its optimal level.

Avoid the foods that contain wheat for a period of time, usually three months. Follow the protocol advised by your health advisor. Re-introduce the food, and see if you have symptoms. If you have no reaction you can continue to eat this food, although maybe not at the same level as before. If you still have symptoms after three months then avoid for another three.

You will find wheat in bread, bread rolls, scones, biscuits, gravy mixes, packets of soup, sauces, sausages, bread crumbs, stuffing, batter, soya sauce, breakfast cereal and lots of processed foods. But don't worry, there are lots of wheat free foods, and wheat free recipes available for you to try. Life doesn't have to be a bore!

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