These days, eating gluten-free has become a trend — but, for some, it has to be a lifestyle. It's one you might want to consider it if you have signs of a gluten intolerance, but unfortunately, the symptoms can be confusing and easy to miss. That is why I turned to Lon Ben-Asher MS, RDN, LD/N, from Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa, for some expert advice.
For starters, it is crucial to know the difference between a gluten intolerance and Celiac disease. The two are not the same thing. “Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which you lack the capability to breakdown gluten,” shares Ben-Asher. Gluten is the protein that is found in wheat, rye, oats, and barley. When a Celiac eats gluten, serious intestinal damage can happen.
A gluten intolerance is much different. Ben-Asher pegs this as more of a sensitivity. Sure, it is linked to the inability to breakdown gluten, but it will not cause significant digestive problems. Either way, you should visit a doctor if you have any symptoms of a gluten intolerance.