Wheat Allergies: Food preparation and flours that work around it

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Do You Suffer From An Intolerance To Wheat Products?

9773257_f260Wheat allergies or sensitivities are quite common. It is the proteins found within wheat which generally cause people to experience problems with food products containing wheat.

Wheat proteins can be very difficult to digest and an inability to digest them can cause a person to suffer from an intolerance or allergy to foods which contain wheat.

Gluten is the protein in wheat generally most responsible for a grain intolerance, but the truth is that gluten is actually only one of a number of proteins found within wheat products, which can cause digestive problems in people who may be sensitive to them.

Wheat ranks high on the list of sensitivity causing foods.

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Flour can also cause problems when it is inhaled.

Could Your Current Health Problems Stem From A Wheat Allergy?

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Oatmeal coconut cookies.

Wheat is the most likely grain to cause a negative immune system response, food sensitivity, or allergy. Although most negative reactions to wheat occur through either the direct ingestion, or inhalation of wheat products, allergic reactions can also occur simply through skin contact.

If you believe that the cause of your health problems may lie in an intolerance to wheat products then it is very important to develop a wheat free diet. Eliminating wheat products from your diet is the only way to effectively control an allergy to the proteins found within wheat.

Note that many grains are grown alongside each other so often cross contamination occurs between the various edible grains so safety must be taken in the consumption of all grain products.

A food sensitivity, or allergy to wheat, may include symptoms of fatigue, skin rashes, cramps, acne and boils, sweating, headaches or migraines, arthritis, eczema, anxiety, psoriasis, depression, and eczema. More severe reactions can also occur.

Wheat allergy and some cases of immune system illness such as Rheumatoid arthritis are believed to be directly linked to each other.

Baker’s Allergy

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Oatmeal pancake.

Although intolerance to wheat or wheat products is most commonly associated with food allergies, wheat does not have to be ingested orally for a negative reaction to occur.

In fact wheat allergies can occur through three distinct courses of origin and depending on whether this exposure is through skin contact, inhalation or ingestion, the allergic reaction may present itself differently.

An allergic reaction that occurs from the inhalation of wheat or wheat products is known as Baker’s Allergy. This term originated because of the high incidence of health problems in those who worked within bakeries.

These allergic symptoms were found to be associated with the inhalation of flour dust. The occupational health hazard of those who work in Bakeries has been documented to back in the day of Roman slaves.

Those involved with the farming and storage of wheat, or in the milling processes of it, are also documented as developing health problems due to their on the job exposure to wheat proteins.

Baker’s allergy can also occur in individuals within the home who have sensitivities to the proteins in wheat. Simply inhaling flour dust or wheat particulate from other wheat products can bring on an allergic reaction. The symptoms of Baker’s Allergy include chronic cough, asthmatic symptoms, inflammation of the membranes of the eye, rhinitis, or inflammation of the skin.

Gluten And It’s Role In Wheat Allergies

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Butter without a bun?

The allergic reaction that occurs from the ingestion of wheat products is most commonly brought out by an intolerance to gluten.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats and it is a protein which is very difficult for the human body to digest. Because the body will rebel when it encounters an intolerable substance within it, an autoimmune response or inflammation often occurs, and we experience an allergic reaction to the offending product.

Although Gluten is a substance that is commonly a factor in wheat food allergies it is not always the reason that a negative reaction to wheat occurs.

Common symptoms of a food allergy to wheat generally present themselves in the form of digestive problems such as bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and pain. If exposure continues than an autoimmune response within the body will often lead to further complications.

Sourdough what it is and how it is made.

Sourdough does not cause the same problems as other wheat breads.

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Crescent roll made with wheat flour.

It has been discovered that sourdough bread does not cause symptoms of wheat allergy bringing new theories that it is the processing of our baked goods that cause the allergy issues.

Read the CBC news cast here.

Other ways to work around a sensitivity to wheat is to use a flour created from coconut, rice, or corn. You will find many of these products at your local supermarket or available online at Amazon.

 Exercise or Aspirin induced Anaplylaxis

Wheat related Exercise or Aspirin induced Anaplylaxis’ occur when the wheat protein or its components enter the blood stream during exercise, generally initiating a severe asthmatic or allergic reaction within the body.

Symptoms can include hives, hypotension, loss of consciousness, choking, nausea, headache and vomiting and acute symptoms will generally last between thirty minutes and four hours in duration.

Studies have shown that aspirin and exercise both serve to increase the presence of gliadin ( a component of gluten) in the blood stream.


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Photos on this article are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lorelei Cohen: Writing is my passion, my play, my hobby, and my work. I love to write and you will find my articles to be on virtually any topic with cooking, planting a garden, medical issues, mythology, country living, and relationship issues all being included. I guess that I have a curious mind. I grew up in the country with old fashioned values and this is often reflected in my articles.

 

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