Wheat: incompatibility caused by previously unsuspicious substances?
If digestive complaints such as stomach pressures, abdominal pain, flatulence, nausea or diarrhea occur after eating wheat products, this is often associated with gluten intolerance (celiac disease) by those affected - but also by treating doctors. Here, however, "new insights have now shown that other substances in wheat - polyfructans, which are grouped together as FODMAPs - can cause symptoms that were previously attributed to gluten," reports the patient magazine "HausArzt", referring to the private lecturer Dr. Walburga Dieterich from the University Clinic Erlangen.
Researchers have previously identified unsuspicious substances in wheat as a possible cause of the intolerance of wheat products, according to the patient magazine published by the German General Medical Association in cooperation with the Wort & Bild Verlag. Current studies would indicate that the FODMAPs "have a direct influence on the immune system", quotes the journal Dr. Walburga Dieterich. Possible subsequent complaints include stomach cramps, flatulence, indigestion or mood swings. So far, however, there is no suitable investigation to determine whether someone is sensitive to FODMAPs.
Radical diet not advisable According to the patient magazine, the previously unsuspicious substances are not only found in wheat, but also in various vegetables and fruits. However, a radical diet that avoids all known FODMAPs foods is not recommended. Instead, a three- to four-week significant reduction in wheat-containing products is advised. If the symptoms have improved, the wheat content can slowly be increased again. According to Dr. The best way to trust Walburga Dieterich is her gut feeling. "Just pay attention to what you get and what you prefer to do without", the expert concluded in the press release of the patient magazine "HausArzt". (fp)
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