Side Effects of Wheat and Gluten

Wheat is an empty food and contains gluten, which the body finds very difficult to digest. Gluten has very few nutrients in comparison to the calories it contains and can block the absorption of important vitamins and minerals. This can lead to a multitude of problems including weight gain, diarrhoea, anaemia, bloating, constipation, abdominal pain, gas, fatigue, bad skin and low mood.

Unfortunately, like sugar, gluten based products can also be very addictive. Melbourne University released a study showing that gluten and wheat based products caused addiction withdrawal symptoms for over 70% of the 200 people tested. The study showed that when gluten was removed from the diet, there was an improvement in mood swings, headaches, migraines, immune system response, respiratory problems, energy levels and digestion. The study also showed significant weight loss and reduced inflammation throughout the body.

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4 Responses to Side Effects of Wheat and Gluten

  1. Michelle says:

    That’s really interesting, Tracey. I’m on a gluten free diet but had no idea it was considered addictive.

    • tracey says:

      Hi Suzanne and Michelle, Thank you for your feedback. Gluten and wheat become addicitive because they also affect the blood sugar levels. They are often combined in foods with sugar like bread, cakes, biscuits and cereals making up our simple carbohydrates.When we consume simple carbohydrates our sugar levels skyrocket making a us feel high, however they also drop very quickly causing us feel low, sluggish and sometimes irritable. We then look for the next fix to lift us out of this big low and the cycle begins.

  2. Hi Tracey

    I’m aware of the health issues of gluten and wheat products but I didn’t know they were that addictive! I rarely eat gluten as I feel unwell if I do (particularly eating pasta!). I don’t understand the appeal of bread and cereals. I think I must be fortunate that I can easily go without gluten products – sugar’s a challenge though! Thanks for sharing this post!

    • tracey says:

      Hi Suzanne and Michelle, In the study conducted at the University of Melbourne it also showed that wheat and gluten based products release a chemical into your brain called an opoid. This is the same reaction that happens when illegal drugs like cocaine and opium are taken. The chemical reacts on the pleasure, wellbeing and calming part of the brain and triggers the same satisfying feelings as the drugs.

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