Why treat gluten allergies as sensitivities? Over the last 10 years is has become apparent that allergies to certain substances do not behave in predictable ways. One clear example of this is exercise induced anaphylaxis and asthma. WDEIA (Wheat Dependent Exercise Induced Anaphylaxis) is now believed to be induced by ingested gluten that finds a way into the blood stream. This pathway is now believed responsible for some forms of eczema. Recent studies on two wheat allergens show that they possess the capability of bypassing the gut/blood barrier. The most active of these is ω-5 gliadin, a gluten component that is a strong allergen and causes WD_EIA. Allergy tests may not reveal allergies to gluten because some of the allergens are “hidden” from these tests, and most currently available tests cannot detect these new allergens. Gluten allergy may be a cause of some gluten sensitivities and gluten allergy can be a secondary consequence of gluten-sensitive enteropathy.
It is important for food-sensitive consumers to become aware of the potential these substances can bring to one’s reactions to various foods. There are varying degrees of sensitivity that are not always readily apparent. A resource site like FoodFacts.com is a tremendous asset in this regard.