Wheat/Grain Intolerance and Sensitivity

Wheat is one of the top three most produced crops in the world. It’s a type of grass that’s grown in many different countries. We use wheat to make a wide variety of products, including flour, and flour is actually made from the grain itself. If you find your body reacting negatively after consuming wheat or grain, it means that you have a wheat/grain intolerance or wheat/grain sensitivity.

Symptoms of Wheat/Grain Intolerance & Sensitivity

Some of the symptoms experienced by individuals who have a wheat/grain intolerance or wheat/grain sensitivity may include:

  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Hives
  • Skin rash
  • Stomach cramps
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Stuffy/runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Asthma
  • Sneezing
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Tiredness

It is important to note that individuals with wheat sensitivity and intolerance will still experience adverse symptoms from certain wheat-free products.

Foods to Avoid If You Have Wheat/Grain Intolerance & Sensitivity

Below is a non-exhaustive list of foods to avoid when you are diagnosed with wheat/grain intolerance or sensitivity:

  • Gliadin
  • Wheat germ
  • Bulgur
  • Farina
  • Graham flour
  • Kamut
  • Matzo
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Spice mixes
  • Semolina
  • Spelt
  • Barley
  • Einkorn
  • Emmer
  • Wheat bran
  • Faro
  • Fu
  • Seasonings
  • Crackers
  • Couscous
  • Wheat starch

Common Food Replacements for Wheat/Grain

Fortunately, there is a wide variety of wheat-free substitutes that you can consider when adjusting your diet. The alternatives include:

  • Sorghum
  • Soy
  • Tapioca
  • Fish
  • Lean beef
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Potatoes
  • Beans
  • Seeds
  • Rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Cassava
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Chicken
  • Amaranth
  • Arrowroot
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Corn
  • Fruits and vegetables

Testing for Wheat/Grain Intolerance

Based on the MicroARRAY-ELISA Method, PinnerTest can help identify if you have wheat/grain intolerance or sensitivity. If you are familiar with how blood sugar tests are performed, PinnerTest works on the same concept. We just need two drops of your blood (from your fingertip) and the procedure is a painless one. Once your blood samples are ready, you send them to us via the prepaid UPS mailer. In addition, you can expect to receive your test results in approximately ten days through email.

Treatment and Management of Wheat/Grain Intolerance & Sensitivity

When it comes to managing wheat/grain intolerance or sensitivity, you need to avoid wheat ingredients in both food and non-food products. Be sure to avoid products that bear precautionary statements on their labels. For instance, you may see “packaged in a plant that also processes wheat”, “made on shared equipment with wheat,” and other similar wordings.

Individuals with more serious cases of wheat intolerance may be given a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector. This allows them to administer a shot of epinephrine if they accidentally consume wheat and develop anaphylaxis. Common medications such as corticosteroids and antihistamines are also used to treat other symptoms of wheat intolerance. In most cases, you just need to stick to a wheat-free diet to avoid experiencing wheat/grain intolerance symptoms.

Use the PinnerTest to Test for Wheat/Grain Intolerance Today!

If you want to get accurate results for your food intolerance test, simply order the PinnerTest to test for wheat/grain intolerance now. For more information on the PinnerTest, feel free to contact us today.

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