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If you have abdominal bloating and discomfort after eating, you may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This syndrome has only recently been described. It will soon be renamed for it has nothing to do with gluten.
When you eat too much carbs and sweets, you may start to grow the wrong type of bacteria in your colon. The bacteria may even extend up into the small intestine where bacteria do not normally grow. The bacteria cause the wall of the bowel to become leaky, leading to bloating, discomfort and alternating constipation & diarrhea–I am sure about all that–and perhaps to arthritis, "brain fog" and depression. I am not as sure about the latter claim. Google "leaky gut syndrome".
About 1% of the population has a true allergy to wheat protein, i.e. gluten. Such people have celiac disease. There is a blood test for celiac disease, and the disease shows up on a colonoscopy. Celiac patients have to go on a gluten-free diet. Really. That’s all settled.
Gluten-free diets became popular recently for no good reason–most people following them don’t need to avoid gluten--but amid all the foolishness, scientists have noticed that some people without celiac disease do truly feel better on a gluten-free diet.
We now know that such people–about 6% of the population–get better not because of avoiding gluten, but because a gluten-free diet is low in FODMAPs. FODMAP stands for "Fermentable Oligosacchartides Disaccharides Monosaccharides And Polyols". Instead of being absorbed in the upper small bowel, FODMAPs are poorly absorbed and reach the last part of the small bowel or the colon where they feed the bad bacteria mentioned above.
If you think you might be gluten sensitive, you should reduce the FODMAPs in your diet. If you give me your address, I will furnish with a list of low FODMAP foods or you can easily find one on the Internet. If this strategy works it will work quickly and well. You won’t be in doubt.
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