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Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D.

Wheat and IBS

By September 3, 2013

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After years of being neglected by IBS researchers, the role of diet is finally being given some attention. I just came across an article with an interesting discussion of the relationship between wheat and IBS. If you have been reading my blogs, you may have already wondered about whether or not gluten was playing a role in your symptoms. Researchers have now coined the term "nonceliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS)" to describe individuals who do not have celiac disease, but who experience symptoms after eating foods containing gluten. In the article, the authors make the interesting point that gluten is only one component of wheat. This current article dovetails with my article "IBS and Gluten Intolerance", in which I include the perspective offered by other researchers that wheat also contains fructans, a type of FODMAP. If you are interested in the cutting edge science of the role of wheat and gluten in IBS, I recommend that you read the full article:

If you think that a wheat or gluten sensitivity is contributing to your IBS, there are important things you should do before cutting these things out of your diet. Here you will find your step-by-step guide:

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September 10, 2013 at 9:32 am
(1) Karen says:

I have had IBS for about seventeen years, and have long suspected that I have an intolerance to wheat. What made me start suspecting this was after a visit to my sister’s home for a weekend. She and her husband were trying to eat a special “healthy” diet with lots of whole wheat products. After the weekend was over, I felt my IBS symptoms and wondered how I could feel this way after a weekend of such “healthy” eating. I started wondering if whole wheat could be a factor, and started paying attention to how I felt in later situations in which I had consumed wheat. It seemed clear to me that the wheat was indeed having an adverse affect on me. I am so glad that this link between IBS and wheat is finally getting addressed.

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