Are you REALLY gluten sensitive?

Are you REALLY gluten sensitive?

By June 23, 2014 Blog No Comments

Over the last few years there have been a multitude of reports surrounding the “harmful” effects of gluten. Celebrities have championed their gluten-free sensitivities and Americans have embraced the diet without any medical advice.

For those who have been diagnosed with Celiac disease, a gluten free diet is essential to remaining healthy. But, if you have not been diagnosed with celiac but have associated gas and other gut pain with gluten – you may be missing the culprit.

Recent studies have pointed out that most people who believe their IBS or other food issues are caused by gluten may actually be caused by undigestible sugars found in other foods as well. These sugars (FODMAP) are indeed found in wheat, rye, and barley; but they are also found in some fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy products.

A partial list of foods high in these sugars includes:


  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Mango
  • Pears
  • Nectarines


Level of FODMAPs is increased when these foods are eaten in large amounts:

  • Barley
  • Bulgur
  • Cous cous
  • Farro
  • Rye
  • Semolina
  • Wheat

Lactose-Containing Foods

  • Buttermilk
  • Cream
  • Custard
  • Ice cream
  • Margarine
  • Milk (cow, goat, sheep)
  • Soft cheese, including cottage cheese and ricotta
  • Yogurt (regular and Greek)

Dairy Substitutes

  • Almond milk
  • Soy milk (U.S.)


  • Baked beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Butter beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Kidney beans
  • Lima beans
  • Soybeans
  • Split peas


  • Agave
  • Fructose
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Isomalt
  • Maltitol
  • Mannitol
  • Molasses
  • Sorbitol
  • Xylitol


  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Scallions (white parts)
  • Shallots
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Snow peas 

The bottom line is that self-diagnosing food sensitivities could be allowing a serious issue to go undiagnosed. If you are having GI problems that you believe are food related, please make an appointment with a doctor at Southern California Medical Gastroenterology Group today.