The protein gluten is found in items like wheat products, beer, and pasta. It may cause digestive symptoms in some people, including those with celiac disease.
A gluten-free diet involves excluding foods that contain the protein gluten like wheat and rye products.
Most studies on gluten-free diets have involved people with celiac disease. However, gluten in the diet can affect other health conditions like non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS).
Wheat allergy occurs when your body creates antibodies to wheat proteins causing a potentially serious anaphylactic reaction. It’s important to see a health professional who’s experienced with gastrointestinal issues to help reach the correct diagnosis.
If you have celiac disease, it’s important that you avoid gluten completely to help prevent severe discomfort and side effects. If you have NCGS, you may be able to significantly reduce your gluten intake and have a resolution of symptoms.
Those with wheat allergy will need to avoid any wheat in their diet, which means that may also follow a strict gluten-free diet.