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What You Must Know About Gluten

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Before you decide if a gluten-free diet is right for you, it’s important to understand how gluten and wheat may be affecting your health
  • Although gluten-free foods were once reserved for people with a wheat allergy or celiac disease, this style of eating has become increasingly popular among people who have no medical reason to avoid gluten
  • If you notice unpleasant physical symptoms such as headaches, joint pain or nausea after eating glutinous foods, you may want to consider if the consumption of gluten could be a factor in your symptoms
  • Switching to a gluten-free diet, especially if you tend to eat a lot of gluten-free processed foods that contain rice, may increase your exposure to arsenic
  • Due to the reality of cross-contamination, not all foods labeled as gluten-free actually test out as being free of gluten

A few years ago, the term "gluten free" was mostly associated with wheat allergy and celiac disease. Those afflicted with either condition who adopted a gluten-free diet often reported a resurgence of health and well-being.

Today, gluten-free eating continues to attract attention, and there are likely more wheat-tolerant people eating gluten-free food than those who medically need it. Eating trends aside, here's what you need to know about gluten.

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