The Dangers of Gluten

Signs, Symptoms, & it’s Effects

Before we tackle Gluten Dangers, we first need a clear understanding of what gluten is.

Gluten is the generalized term of the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It acts as glue by maintaining the shape of food and holding it together. (1)

Gluten is most commonly found in:

  • bread
  • baked goods {cookies, cakes, muffins, cupcakes, etc.}
  • pastries
  • pizza crust
  • bagels
  • soups
  • pasta
  • cereals
  • sauces (ketchup, mustard, BBQ}
  • salad dressings
  • roux
  • gravy
  • food coloring
  • beer
  • malt


Gluten Danger

The truth is, humans are not engineered to digest gluten.

When gluten is also known as gliadin goes undigested, it triggers an inflammatory response in your gut that spreads throughout your body. (2)

When you consume too much gluten (as the USDA recommends 6-11 servings of grain per day) you are at risk of many debilitating symptoms.

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Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance: (3)

  • Digestive issues; including but not limited too: diarrhea, vomiting, bloating, gas and sometimes constipation.
  • Keratosis Pilaris ‘Chicken Skin’
  • Migraine/Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Neurologic symptoms
  • Inflammation
  • Eczema

It is estimated that 1-4 individuals have a gluten intolerance.

Gluten intolerance is a broad term that can refer to celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity or a wheat allergy. These are all immune responses triggered by eating gluten.

Surprisingly, genetics play a significant role in gluten intolerance. If you have a family member with a gluten intolerance, you are more than likely to develop it as well. Children can experience symptoms as soon as they eat gluten, while others can develop symptoms later in life. (4)

It is still undetermined what causes the gene to present itself later in adulthood but the likely cause according to The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is severe trauma, illness, pregnancy, and stress in individuals that carry the gene.


The most natural and only treatment for individuals suffering from a gluten intolerance is a strict gluten-free diet. Always seek medical advice before switching to a gluten-free diet.

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Do you suffer from a gluten intolerance? How have you learned to cope?