This past decade or so, there has been a growing health movement to go gluten-free. There is a lot of confusion over whether gluten causes problems for everyone, or if it only causes health issues for a small group of people with specific conditions. Read on to learn the answer to ‘is gluten bad for your gut.’
When is gluten bad for you?
Around 1% of the world population has celiac disease, an autoimmune disease which is triggered by gluten. These individuals develop the following symptoms after eating gluten:
- Swelling of intestines
- Irritation of intestines
- Impairment of intestines
Other people have gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance. These people experience problems when eating food with gluten, but do not have celiac disease.
Those with gluten sensitivity may suffer similar effects to taking gluten as those with celiac disease. They may also experience non-gastrointestinal symptoms such as:
- Numbness in the arms and legs
- Joint pain
However, those with gluten sensitivity do not suffer the same intestinal damage as those with celiac disease.