I didn't realize gluten was a carb source in bread.. I always thought that was just the wheat. And I guess the bloating bit makes sense, since gluten is what keeps the gases yeast creates -inside- bread so it will rise before baking.
On the same coin.. maybe it bloats you less mostly because you're consuming less carbs? Hmm.. what else could gluten effect? I was curious if it had any health drawbacks.. like maybe NOT eating gluten could help the bod regulate vitamin C (made up example) more efficiently.. something crazy along those lines.
Gluten is not a carb but a protein....Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye... rice, corn, and soy are gluten free...there is difference of opinion among experts concerning oats....
Gluten allergy is the lay term used on the internet for all diseases related to gluten. Actually, gluten allergy is only one subset of diseases related to gluten. A better all encompassing term to use is gluten sensitivity rather than gluten allergy.
People can have a true allergy to wheat; just like some individuals are allergic to nuts, chocolate, and seafood. Wheat allergy can cause hives, the lips and tongue can swell, and breathing difficulty may occur. In severe cases (anaphylaxis) the allergic reaction can be life threatening. Food anaphylaxis is now the leading known cause of anaphylactic reactions treated in emergency departments, and wheat is one of the most common causes of anaphylaxis. Gluten may be the cause of anaphylaxis that occurs in some unfortunate individuals when they exercise. The term for this problem is exercise induced anaphylaxis.
Gluten sensitivity can cause some unusual problems. Some individuals when exposed to gluten develop an antibody which damages the absorptive surface of the small intestine. The gene causing this problem is more prevalent in individuals of Northern European ancestry. When the absorptive surface is damaged, nutrients are not absorbed from the GI tract into the blood stream. This disease is either called sprue or cealiac disease.
In severe cases, Cealiac disease can cause profuse diarrhea and weight loss. Vitamin deficiencies can occur. Lack of the ability to absorb calcium and vitamin D results in soft bones. Inability to absorb vitamin K leads to the inability to clot blood (the individual develops excessive bleeding which can be life threatening). Deficiencies of vitamin B can damage the nervous system. Lack of other nutrients will cause muscle wasting. Anemia can result from inability to absorb iron and folic acid. Mild cases are rarely diagnosed. The individual attributes his bloating and diarrhea to irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance. Gluten sensitivity is more common than once thought.
Gluten sensitivity has been has been linked to a whole host of diseases. Here is a list of some diseases linked to gluten: mental depression, migraines, oral ulcers, eczema, asthma, type I diabetes, ataxia (unsteady gait) and dermatitis herpetiformis. Dermatologists have told me that dermatits herpetiformis is probably the most pruritic (itchy) rash that can inflict a human.
Gluten sensitivity is treated by removing gluten from the diet.
Gluten sensitivity is a hot topic in medicine. In the next few years there will be more discoveries.