There are many who advocate not only a Gluten free diet, but a wheat or grain free diet. The theory here is that even non-gluten containing grains like oats and corn contain gut irritants such as lectins and mineral binding phytates such as wheat germ agglutins. While gluten-free, barley and rye are not wheat free. In reality about 1-2% of the population has true Celiac Disease although many remain undiagnosed. An additional 6-7% have some form of wheat or Gluten sensitivity or intolerance.Wheat-Free vs. Gluten Free – What is the Difference? Click To Tweet
Going Gluten-Free or Wheat-Free – What’s Best for Me?
It is possible for someone to be on a wheat-free diet, but not a gluten-free diet. This is because gluten is in all wheat products, but not necessarily the other way around. So, if you have gluten sensitivity, a wheat-free diet is necessary to ease the symptoms associated with gluten intolerance. The main difference between the two sensitivities however is that a gluten-free diet is necessary for people experiencing irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, gas, bloating or an allergy to gluten. A wheat-free diet is best for those who may have an allergic reaction to wheat itself. A wheat allergy might cause skin irritations such as rashes and hives, digestive tract issues and nasal congestion.
- Better Digestion
- Increased Energy
- Possible Weight Loss
- Reduced Inflammation