Your Gluten Sensitivity Is Apparently All in Your Head

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bread If you're planning on having friends and family over to celebrate the Fourth of July, you might want to consider having some gluten-free buns for those hamburgers and hot dogs. Maybe a gluten-free pie or cookies to boot. Because more now than ever before, people are experimenting with -- or committing to -- a gluten-free diet, whether or not they've been diagnosed with celiac disease. Going gluten-free may be the only thing that has helped them address certain G.I., autoimmune, or hormonal issues, but some experts are still hyper-critical, skeptical, and certain gluten sensitivity is rare and claiming you suffer from it is a fad.

Now, not only are they saying people aren't to be trusted to eat a well-rounded, nutritious, and gluten-free diet, but researchers say gluten sensitivity isn't triggered by gluten at all.

University of Guttenberg researchers think sensitivity's actually triggered by a specific protein called Adenosine Triphosphate Amylase that naturally repels insects and is found in greater amounts in "high-output" wheat. Industrial farms have increasingly been growing protein-rich crops to bump up their output, a trend that could explain the growth in gluten sensitivity. 

Oookay. Even if Adenosine Triphosphane Amylase is actually to blame, it's still in wheat products, and why shouldn't people suffering side effects from it cut those foods out?

Further, the argument that a gluten-free diet is nutrient-deficient -- low in fiber, iron, folate, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, vitamin B12, phosphorus, and zinc -- doesn't hold up either. If you're eating real food that naturally happens to be gluten-free -- like sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown and wild rice, etc. -- and not relying on the kinds of GF foods that are just made to be substitutes for regular crap foods, you should be fiiiiiine!

Unfortunately, all docs can do right now is test for celiac disease. Confirming low-level sensitivity isn't possible, so people have no choice but to figure that out on their own with an elimination diet (preferably after you've had the test for celiac). And if they feel better eliminating the gluten or the ATA or wheat or whatever it is they've deduced is causing unpleasant side effects, more power to them.

Do you think going gluten-free -- due to sensitivity and not celiac -- is just a fad or there's merit to it?


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Laura Palmer

I am so glad you said it! I am so sick of these gluten free nut jobs who are just following a trend and don't actually have celiac disease! Ask some with Celiac Disease if they think it's cool!

lalab... lalaboosh

I haven't met one person who eats gluten free who does it to be cool. I seriously can think of ten people who avoid it or cut it completely because they feel a real difference or actually have a diagnosis. Yeah, avoiding anaphylactic shock is soooo cool.

butte... buttercup627

I wish my husband's gluten allergy was all in his head lol. It is a huge pain in the butt to accommodate his diet, especially on a budget!

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

The reason this is on the rise is because wheat that existed 50 years ago, spelt and kamut, which many people who are gluten sensitive DONT react to, is really really really hard to find,unless you're all about buying directly from amazon or a natural foods store and paying a lot and making every grain product from scratch.  Modern wheat isn't the same as wheat from our grandparents generation, and our digestive systems know it.  So, while I don't have celiac disease, I will continue to eat gluten free so I can live a normal life and not have digestive issues every time I eat.  And true celiacs who have a problem with it can suck it.

Senia... Seniahmom

Everyone I know who has chosen to go gluten free (I know a few people whose doctors wouldn't test them for celiac) or had to go gluten free (those with a celiac diagnosis) has reported feeling so much healthier, feeling more energetic, reaching a healthy weight and even sleeping better. While it does seem fad-ish, I have seen/heard enough first hand to think that there is some merit to it. I think it is also in some cases a step towards healthy choices/eating more whole foods

nonmember avatar Cari

As someone who suffers from Celiac, I do get annoyed with people thinking that a gluten free diet is cool, or healthier. While eliminating certain foods is healthier, eating a cookie is just as bad for you if it has wheat or rice flour. Just because it is gluten free, does not make it healthy! Eliminating refined carbs and processed foods is whats healthy, and you can certainly still eat that junk GF. I love that there are GF products available to me when I crave something, but I certainly do not eat them regularly.

nonmember avatar Michelle

@lalaboosh...sensitivity does NOT equal a "true" IGG allergic response. Wheat will not KILL you.

nonmember avatar rachael

as someone who works in a restaurant, people who claim to be intolerant, or just sensitive are such pains in the ass sometimes. we totally understand and accomodate celiac disease sufferers, but when someone says theyre gluten intolerant and we need to thaw special dinner rolls and do all this special crap for them on the fly for them to eat, while theyre drinking a beer and get a piece of cake for dessert, its just infuriating.

"no i cant have the lavash crackers, im gluten intolerant you fool, dont you know what that means?! but please bring me extra soy sauce for my tempura tiger eye roll, some gluten free penne as my entree, and its ok for me to have the homemade oreos later on, a little gluten is ok for me."


lulou lulou

I did the whole having to eating only wild and pear elimination diet, gluten was one of the many things eliminated.  Having a hard time eating out, I would think those with true allergies, wouldnt mind the fad, as  then more and more restaurants might jump on the bandwagon too and give them more choices.   And found I really liked the Lakefront GF beer.  Plus the beer helps me get thru the Clean and Clean Gut books.

Suzanne Ahan

There are people that need to be gluten free, but with so many people jumping on the diet for the wrong reason, it's making it harder for others to want to join the fad. Companies and restaurants don't want to invest in the products or the training if it's going to be a fleeting fad. Right now, it's huge for people to lose weight and to get healthy, unfortunately for the people, the diet is also related to other auto-immune diseases and problems, so it's not really healthy for those that do not have a problem. It's probably also why doctors have a hard time really getting behind celiac and wanting to diagnose people, they hear too many doing it for the wrong reasons. Doctors are trying to warn people of the problems associated with going gluten free for the wrong reasons, but people think it may be their magic pill... and there isn't one! People more need to get behind how food is processed because wheat today is a hybrid food and the main components of the grain is taken out and sold as health food instead of going into the food as it should and was before.

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