Gluten Intolerance: Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
For the person with Celiac Disease, consumption of gluten results in an easily diagnosable immune reaction with inflammation and damage occurring in the small bowel.
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS)
A patient that does not have Celiac Disease or food allergies may still have GI symptoms following the consumption of gluten.
Although people with NCGS are often put on a gluten-free diet, this does not always effectively eliminate symptoms of gas and bloating.
In fact, some people who believe they are gluten-sensitive may in fact be FODMAP-sensitive. A Low FODMAP Diet could be an alternative
nutrition solution for these individuals with the goal to help reduce their symptoms associated with
digestive discomfort and improve their quality of life.
FODMAPS vs. Lactose
Dairy refers to any milk or products made with milk that comes from animals. People avoiding dairy would eliminate all foods
and beverages made from milk and milk derivatives, including casein and whey proteins, which are often used in non-dairy foods.
Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk products. People who are unable to properly digest lactose, may be able to use
lactase enzymes to help breakdown these sugars, and continue to eat the dairy foods they enjoy. They may also choose to use
lactose-free dairy products, which are widely available. A lactose-free diet is not sufficient for someone interested
in eliminating all dairy. A dairy-free diet is overly restrictive for someone needing only to eliminate lactose.