wheat intolerance

Wheat Intolerance Test Kits

Wheat intolerance should not be confused with gluten intolerance. It is a reaction to wheat which is such a staple part of most of the carbohydrates in our diet including pasta, bread, cereals, cakes and even beer. Identifying it is the first step as symptoms of wheat intolerance can be very similar to other food intolerances.

Why Use A Wheat Intolerance Test?

Wheat intolerance can be difficult to diagnose as it is often confused with a wheat allergy, gluten intolerance or an intolerance to another food. Gluten and wheat intolerance are very closely associated but they are different. If you are gluten intolerant you are intolerant to the gluten protein found in wheat but also in rye, barley and oats. If you are wheat intolerant you are intolerant to wheat alone not other gluten containing grains. However, the symptoms experienced by many are very similar, so a home food intolerance test will help you accurately pin point your allergy or intolerance.

Who Should Use A Wheat Intolerance Test?

Wheat is present in many foods including pasta, bread and cereals. A wheat allergy is different to a wheat intolerance. In fact, wheat allergies are quite rare and tend to affect children more than adults. If you ever experience anaphylaxis and have difficulty breathing, see a doctor straight away. Wheat intolerance on the other hand is more a difficulty digesting wheat and is thought to be due to a lack of the enzymes needed for that function to take place. If you experience constipation, diarrhoea, fatigue, gas or stomach bloating after eating wheat then a food test for wheat intolerance could be a good starting point.

What’s In A Wheat Intolerance Test?

Wheat will be tested alongside other foods which often cause intolerances or allergies.  This will be done by collecting a blood sample. Most test providers will supply you with lancets, a sampling and transport tube complete in discreet packaging.

What Does A Wheat Intolerance Test Do?

Most test providers will test for IgE’s which are antibodies that occur if you have a food allergy. Your sample will also be tested for IgG4, an antibody which indicates that you have an intolerance. As the symptoms of wheat intolerance can be very similar to other food intolerances then a general food intolerance test can be a good idea. Other food groups tested will include food items like cow’s milk, eggs and peanuts.