Dr Oz: The Truth About Gluten
Dr Oz announced that one in four people are now eating gluten free, but there’s a lot of confusing information out there. He wanted to share the truth about gluten free foods. He explained that gluten has been linked to at least 55 health problems and many people are turning away from it. But some doctors say gluten isn’t truly to blame and too many people are diagnosing themselves. By 2016, it is estimated that Americans will spend $15 billion just to go gluten free. But is gluten really the reason for your stomach pain and bloating a wheat allergy, rather than gluten?
Dr Oz welcome Dr Mark Hyman to his show, who explained that there’s a spectrum of problems ranging from mild sensitivity to celiac disease. He said the truth is that gluten problems are common because we’ve done so many things to damage our guts that cause a leaky gut, plus we don’t eat a proper diet. There’s been a 400% increase in instances of celiac disease in the last 50 years alone.
Dr Oz: Gluten Vs Wheat
Dr Hyman explained that gluten is in wheat, but gluten can also be in barley, rye, and other grains. Gluten is a protein. Dr Oz and Dr Hyman were then joined by a woman who explained that she tries to eat very healthy, but she has a big problem with bread. She experienced immediate bloating and occasional cramping. She even experiences occasional brain fog.
Dr Oz: Wheat Allergy Vs Gluten Sensitivity
Dr Oz then wanted to explore the difference between a wheat allergy and gluten sensitivity. First, they looked at a wheat allergy. Dr Hyman explained that it’s a rare and unique problem that results in hives, rashes, and a weakened immune system. It’s like a classic allergic reaction, with added digestive issues like diarrhea. As for gluten sensitivity, it’s a lot more common and often undiagnosed. It can cause joint pain, brain fog, inflammation, weight gain, and digestive issues.
The best way to truly identify the source of your health issues, is to go to your doctor have follow up with a skin prick or a blood test. That will tell you if you have antibodies against it. Until then, try completely getting rid of gluten for two weeks using an elimination diet and see if you start to feel better. Your body will tell you, as long as you listen to, as Dr Hyman said.
Do you suffer from gluten sensitivity or a wheat allergy? Are you on a gluten free diet?