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How Do I Know If I'm Gluten Sensitive?

Gluten intolerance is quite a common problem. It’s represented by adverse reactions to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

There are several potential causes of gluten intolerance, including coeliac disease, non-coeliac gluten sensitivity and a wheat allergy.

All three forms of gluten intolerance can cause unpleasant symptoms, many of which have nothing to do with digestion.

Here we will take a closer look at some of the most common symptoms of gluten intolerance.

Coeliac Disease

According to the NHS website, coeliac disease is a condition where your immune system attacks your own tissues when you eat gluten. This damages your gut (small intestine) so you are unable to take in nutrients.

Coeliac disease can cause a range of symptoms, including diarrhoea, abdominal pain and bloating.

Coeliac disease is caused by an adverse reaction to gluten, which is a dietary protein found in 3 types of cereal:

  • wheat
  • barley
  • rye


Gluten is found in any food that contains those cereals, including:

  • pasta
  • cakes
  • breakfast cereals
  • most types of bread
  • certain types of sauces
  • some ready meals


In addition, most beers are made from barley.

Symptoms of coeliac disease

Eating foods that contain gluten can trigger a range of gut symptoms, such as:

  • diarrhoea, which may smell particularly unpleasant
  • stomach aches
  • bloating and farting (flatulence)
  • indigestion
  • constipation


Coeliac disease can also cause more general symptoms, including:

  • tiredness (fatigue) as a result of not getting enough nutrients from food (malnutrition)
  • unintentional weight loss
  • an itchy rash (dermatitis herpetiformis)
  • problems getting pregnant (infertility)
  • nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)
  • disorders that affect co-ordination, balance and speech (ataxia)


Children with coeliac disease may not grow at the expected rate and may have delayed puberty.

As with coeliac disease, the symptoms of non-coeliac gluten sensitivity can be:

  • bloating
  • diarrhea and constipation
  • stomach pains
  • headaches
  • depression and anxiety


Symptoms of a wheat allergy

Wheat allergy is a type of food allergy that causes the body’s immune system to react to certain proteins found in wheat, including gluten and other compounds.

Wheat allergy is more common among children than adults. In fact, it’s estimated that approximately 65% of children outgrow wheat allergies by age 12.

The most common symptoms of wheat allergy are:

  • skin rash
  • digestive issues
  • nasal congestion
  • anaphylaxis


Conclusion

Gluten intolerance can have numerous symptoms. However, keep in mind that most of the symptoms on the list above may have other explanations as well.

Nevertheless, if you regularly experience some of them without an apparent cause, then you may be reacting to the gluten in your diet. Speak with your doctor about what may be the best options for you.

If you have a sweet tooth, but suffer from any of the symptoms above, then we would recommend the Candy Collections range of gluten-free sweets to avoid any potential problems with your gluten sensitivity.