Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity 

People with gluten sensitivity can have symptoms such as “foggy mind,” depression, ADHD-like behavior, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, bone or joint pain, chronic fatigue and other symptoms when they consume gluten. Although these are common symptoms of celiac disease, people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) do not test positive for celiac disease or for wheat allergy. 

Before eliminating gluten from the diet, celiac disease should be ruled out through blood tests and intestinal biopsy. In celiac disease, the small intestine is damaged and malnutrition is often a result. An evaluation for wheat allergy should also be done. Once celiac disease and wheat allergy are ruled out, non-celiac gluten sensitivity is diagnosed by excluding gluten from the diet to see if symptoms improve. Be sure to work with a knowledgeable physician to oversee this entire process.

A gluten-free diet requires the exclusion of:

  • Wheat
    • including einkorn, emmer, spelt, kamut
    • wheat starch, wheat bran, wheat germ, cracked wheat, hydrolyzed wheat protein
    • bromated flour, durum flour, enriched flour, farina, graham flour, phosphated flour, plain flour, self-rising flour, semolina, white flour
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
  • And the many processed foods which contain gluten

Work with healthcare providers if you suspect a food allergy or intolerance. It’s easy to misdiagnose your symptoms. Be sure that when you eliminate a food from your diet, you replace the missing nutrients with other foods or supplements.

Download: July 2014 On Track with Barix Newsletter

About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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