Gluten + Weight gain

Gluten & Weight Gain

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A recent study documented in “The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry” Jan 2013 shows how eating gluten causes weight gain.

Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley flour – bread, cakes, biscuits, pasta, pizza, pastry – and as an additive in processed foods.  It is a bigger problem today because around the 1970s wheat was hybridised for higher production and the amount of gluten in it was increased.  As the low-fat diet became popular we also compensated with a higher intake of carbohydrates in the form of wheat flour products. Some scientists believe that has contributed to the increase in obesity and chronic degenerative diseases.

Are you sensitive to gluten?

The following can all be indications that you may be sensitive to gluten …

  • Weight gain/loss and belly fat
  • Attraction to wheat and dairy products – bread, cakes, pasta, milk, cheese etc
  • low iron, B vitamins,
  • Bloating, pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea
  • Fat in the stools (pale stools)
  • Depression, anxiety, mood swings, ADHD, brain fog, confusion, headaches, irritability
  • Eczema, asthma, allergies
  • Lack of energy, exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy
  • Hormone imbalances, PCOS, infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
  • Cramps, tingling and numbness
  • Slow infant and child growth
  • Poor dental health and poorly developed tooth enamel
  • Inflammatory conditions and autoimmune diseases
  • Blurred vision
  • Childhood bedwetting
  • Short stature
  • Low BP (less than 90/60), light-headedness, dizzy, when standing suddenly
  • Heart-burn
  • Frequent mouth ulcers
  • Clubbed fingertips
  • Short 5th fingers and orange palms
  • Nail beds pale when compressed
  • Fingernails thin, brittle and spoon-shaped
  • Major depression un-helped by anti-depressants
  • A smoking or alcohol addiction
  • A family member with gluten or coeliac disease or diabetes, thyroid disease or addisons?

Recommended Reading:

“Dangerous Grains” by Dr James Braly

“The Gluten Effect” by Dr R Peterson

“Wheat Belly” by Dr William Davis

“Grain Brain” by Dr David Perlmutter


This information is solely for the purpose of education.  It should not be construed nor is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.  It should not be used in place of the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider. Always consult with your doctor or other qualified health provider before embarking on a new diet or supplement programme.  

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