Wheat intolerance affects around 15% of the population who react to the gluten ingredient found in many wheat products.
Gluten is a complex protein used so that the wheat will stick together and rise when baked. Gluten can be found in other grains such as rye and barley, but wheat is the most common form of grain intolerance because it contains more gluten than other grains.
People with wheat intolerance may be able to eat small amounts of the offending foods, but larger amounts can cause them to feel unwell.
Wheat intolerance, wheat allergy and Coeliac Disease are all associated with eating foods containing wheat. Wheat can also trigger or worsen the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
What are the symptoms of Wheat Intolerance ?
The most common symptoms of wheat intolerance include:
- Abdominal pain
- Aches and stiffness
- Depression and mood swings
As with wheat allergy, symptoms can also extend to include asthma, sneezing, runny eyes, runny nose, sore/itchy throat or skin rashes.
Wheat intolerance symptoms can take up to 48 hours to surface after eating wheat, which makes connecting the cause and the effect very difficult.
Most people suffer wheat intolerance symptoms for years without knowing their cause. The main reason that people don’t realise they are suffering from wheat intolerance is because the symptoms can be attributed to many different medical conditions, including Coeliac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Which foodstuffs do I have to absolutely avoid in case of a wheat intolerance?
Those who suffer from wheat intolerance should eliminate certain foods from their diet. This needs to be done with the supervision of our Nutritionist or Naturopath. If you experience bloating, abdominal cramping, burping or diarrhoea then contact us at Perth Allergy Clinic. We are here to help you.
How do I find out whether or not I have wheat intolerance?
Intolerance testing is the key.
Taking a Food Intolerance Test enables you to eliminate uncertainty and confirm whether or not you have a wheat intolerance. The right test can detect whether a wheat intolerance is present. It is possible to have a Type III IgG allergy or intolerance to certain foods and additives without your knowledge; you may be experiencing any one of a number of symptoms, whilst remaining totally oblivious to the cause.
When we have your test results from our laboratory we will create your personalised diet rotation plan that our Nutritionist will explain to you.
As you embark on your new meal plan this will give you the freedom and confidence to enjoy food without digestive discomfort.
We offer 2 levels of testing – the IP-300 is the most comprehensive IgG test available, covering 270 foods and the IP-100 covering 90 food types.
Testing is an easy, fast method of pinpointing exactly which foods are causing a reaction. This way, you have a clear guideline to begin eliminating only those foods that are causing your symptoms, rather than having to maintain a strict diet that eliminates entire food groups.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from wheat intolerance and would like to discuss the best testing option for you, please call us on