A gluten free diet may help alleviate some cases of IBS.
A gluten free diet may be good for you If you find that your IBS symptoms are more pronounced after eating breads or pasta.
Article by Kev
I should first point out the great importance to people who suspect they are intolerant to gluten of seeing their GP, who will normally arrange a test for Coeliac disease. This is a disease where the proteins in gluten physically damage the small villi lining the small intestine. The sooner it is diagnosed, the better.
Coeliac disease is a life long disease and patients must stay gluten free, eliminating all gluten from their diet if they are to remain healthy.
However it is also possible to be gluten intolerant and not actually have Coeliac disease.
It is suggested that Non Coeliac Gluten Intolerant (NCGI) people make up around 15 percent of the worlds population.
It is possible that you may have an intolerance to wheat or in some cases a problem with Gluten in foods.
What is the difference between a Wheat Free Diet and a Gluten Free Diet?
Of the two, wheat intolerances are easier to deal with because you just need to eliminate wheat from your diet, but with a gluten intolerance, you'll need to avoid wheat and other types of foods as well.
Gluten is a combination of two proteins, gliadin and glutenin which is found in wheat, barley and rye.
This means that to avoid ingesting gluten you need to avoid anything which includes those basic ingredients.
Some examples of the types of food and products you'll need to avoid are: -
Bread, pasta, oats, cereals & muesli's.
Certain cooking oils (avoid mixed vegetable oils).
Crisps / potato chips , chips and fries (depends on oil used to fry them with) and similar snacks.
Some sauces and tinned soups (check the labels).
Biscuits, flapjacks, cakes, buns and pastries.
Sausages and some processed meats such as ham and bacon.
Mustard, mayonnaise, salad creams, soy sauce, malt vinegar.
Beer and whiskey.
Certain medicines may also contain gluten (so its best to check with your doctor or pharmacist before using).
If your doctor has advised you that gluten could be one of the causes of you Irritable Bowel Syndrome then cutting it out from your diet should really help you.
Avoid anything from the above list and check the labels of all foods you purchase carefully.
You can also find a good selection of specially made gluten free foods.
Health food stores and supermarkets stock a wide variety of products including gluten free breads, cakes and pasta as well as convenient ready meals designed for people with coeliac disease and gluten intolerances.
If you enjoy baking breads / cakes you can also purchase gluten free flour.
If your GP diagnoses you with a gluten intolerance or coeliac disease you should then be referred for a consultation with a dietitian, who can give you diet sheets and advice.
For even more information on coeliac disease visit this website -
As a side note, it's worth pointing out that a gluten free diet does tend to be quite low in fibre.
For some IBS sufferers who suffer constipation quite often, you can counteract this by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables that contain soluble fiber.
There are also excellent books and articles available for gluten intolerance that you can buy online or from your local book stores.
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