Should you go gluten free? 4 Things you should know about wheat intolerance.

Posted by Suzi | February 11, 2013

“Crikey,” said a gluten-intolerant friend, while visiting me in Sydney recently. “Gluten-free is like really, really trendy over here.”

If like me you are partial to over-priced coffee spots (I can’t help it, I’ve really tried!) or are a sucker for health food hangouts; you’ll have noticed lots of people like to eat no wheat these days. As far as reputations go, gluten’s seems to be going from bad to worse.

It used to just be the odd celiac (a digestive disease, which effects approximately one-in-a-hundred Americans- whereby consumption of gluten damages the small intestine); now it’s everywhere. In fact gluten is up there along with sugar and processed food in the bad guy food hall of fame.

The thing is it’s in everything: breads, rolls, biscuits, muffins, crackers, cereals, oats, barley, rye, bran, graham flour, malt, kasha, bulgur, spelt, Melba toast, matzo, bread crumbs, pastry, pizza dough, pasta, rusks, dumplings, zwieback, pretzel, prepared mixes for waffles and pancakes, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, ice cream cones, pies, prepared cake and cookie mixes, bread pudding, bread stuffing or filling, anything that is breaded. Pfft.

I don’t really like the fear that surrounds so much of our food choices these days (I’m definitely an ‘everything in moderation’ kind of eater) but it’s always good to know why something might be making you feel better of worse, so here’s the lowdown:






Picture credits (from left): 1960′s crowd; baby; wheat; potatoes wallpaper.



  1. Excellent post! You have packed it with info but it’s very easy to digest (more so than gluten.)

    Stick with this, it’s very good.

    Comment by Dr Murrell — February 9, 2013 #

  2. Excellent blog post! I find most gluten articles either blindly pro or against. Like you, I prefer a more balanced approach.

    Comment by Milton Parnell — February 11, 2013 #

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    Comment by Ivy May — February 11, 2013 #

  4. Hi guys,

    I’m so pleased you enjoyed it! I know, sometimes it feels like you need to be a Nobel Prize winner in order to decipher what cereal brand to buy (gluten-free oats, I’m advised, is a sage choice).

    Ivy, why don’t you email me? I’d be really happy to help x

    Comment by suzi — February 11, 2013 #

  5. Quality content, I often felt I was intolerant to gluten due to the bad bloating I’d get after eating certain foods. I felt so better when I started to cut it out, although I obviously do eat an extreme gluten-heavy treat every now and then!! Haha.

    Comment by Monique — February 11, 2013 #

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