Symptoms

I just had a little look around online to see what websites are saying about wheat intolerance these days. Worryingly, most of them mix together IBS, Gluten intolerance/Celiac disease and wheat allergy in the same articles and give them the same symptoms and treatment. It's no wonder that so many of us go undiagnosed for so long.

I found www.wheat-free.org to be the most useful website so far. Here's the list of symptoms they associate with wheat intolerance;

Arthritis
Bloated stomach
Chest pains
Depression or mood swings
Diarrhoea
Eczema
Feeling dizzy or faint
Joint and muscle aches and pains
Nausea or vomiting
Palpitations
Psoriasis
Skin rashes
Sneezing
Suspected irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)/similar effects
Swollen throat or tongue
Tiredness and lethargy
Unexplained cough
Unexplained runny nose
Watery or itchy eyes

They say that "wheat is now listed in the top 8 food allergens along with peanuts, tree nuts, milk, fish, shellfish, eggs and soy."

An intolerance to something is normally blamed on excessive consumption of that thing.
As http://www.helpfoodallergy.com/WheatIntolerance/tabid/2412/Default.html points out;
"Wheat might be an issue as of all the foods we eat wheat has the potential to be in very single food. We commonly follow diets of cereal (breakfast), sandwiches (lunch) and pasta (dinner) thereby placing wheat in each and every meal. Even if we avoid obvious foods such as these wheat is still found as a flavour stabiliser in foods such as yoghurts and soy sauce."

So even if you're reading this and you don't have a food intolerance, beware! Make your diet as varied as possible!

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