There are lots of people who are nay-sayers about gluten. They often ask “Is it really true that so many people are getting sick eating gluten?” They challenge the concept of gluten-related-disorder. They demand an answer to the question: “Why is gluten bad for you?”
The most efficient way of finding out my position on this question would be to see my TEDx talk:
Or read my eBook
Why is gluten bad for you?
Gluten is a protein found in the grains of wheat, rye and barley. It makes the dough sticky (it helps glue the bread and cakes together so they don’t crumble). Unfortunately, the gluten molecule does not get digested easily. This allows it to cause an immune reaction in susceptible people.
For most people, gluten does not cause any obvious problems (although it might still be causing some trouble). However, in about one-in-ten (10%) of the population, gluten does cause a large range of symptoms. In Australia already 10% of the population have adopted a gluten free lifestyle.
This is now called “the gluten syndrome, or gluten-related-disorders“. In my experience, any chronic ill-health problem should be checked to see if you have a gluten-sensitivity. People getting sick from gluten is a huge health problem.
When gluten damages the gut it is called celiac (coeliac) disease. But most people with gluten illnesses do not have celiac disease.Gluten is bad for you if it is causing you to have poor health. Some people have symptoms that are debilitating. If you are experiencing ongoing health problems, then get a blood test to check out gluten.
Gluten – how does it make you sick?
The toxic component of the gluten is a protein called gliadin.
Your immune system is constantly defending your body against attack from bugs and from allergens. Unfortunately, gluten/gliadin is a strong allergen.
Thus, your body attacks gliadin by using a weapon called “antibodies”. These antibodies can repel gliadin. However, the outcome of this immune fight (against gliadin) is the production of antibodies that are specifically targeted towards gliadin: these are called “anti-gliadin antibodies”, or shortened to “gliadin antibodies”.
Gluten is also implicated in triggering various auto-immune diseases.
It probably makes you ill through upsetting your body’s nervous system.
For more details, watch my TEDx talk:
Or read my eBook