Types of Wheat Intolerance

(Overview page)

Many people have very unpleasant symptoms after eating grains and grain products. For these symptoms, three potential diagnoses should be considered:

1.) Celiac Disease
Only about 3 out of every 1,000 Germans suffer from the autoimmune disorder Celiac Disease. With even the smallest quantities of gluten, which occurs in many grain cultivars, their immune systems attacks their own bodies. There causes severe inflammation of the small intestine.

2.) Wheat Allergy
Wheat Allergy is widespread among bakers. Inhaled wheat flour is an allergen and can trigger baker’s asthma. In addition, non-bakers can develop problems if they absorb the smallest amounts of wheat.

3.) Wheat Sensitivity
Many people have difficulties when they consume wheat or other cereal grains. If they are affected neither by Celiac Disease nor by a Wheat Allergy, they may suffer from a Wheat Sensitivity (or more accurately, non-Celiac, non-Wheat-Allergy Wheat Sensitivity).