Gluten Sensitivity Continues to Rise

on May 04, 2021

Gluten Sensitivity Continues to Rise: A Mayo Clinic Study

            As customers come into Mom’s Place Gluten Free, I sometimes get asked, what’s this all about. I assume those of you who eat Gluten Free do as well. I thought this recent study would be helpful to those of you who want to help others “learn” about why more and more gluten issues are being diagnosed.

           Most experts now agree that gluten sensitivity is indeed both real and on the rise. A recent study conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers compared 50-year-old; frozen blood samples of Air Force recruits to recent blood samples and found a significant increase in gluten antibodies, indicators of gluten intolerance. Fifty years ago, only 1 in 700 samples were positive. Now, 1 in 150 show evidence for celiac disease. The prevalence for celiac disease is 3 times greater today than back then.

           Although the study was looking at the most extreme form of gluten intolerance, celiac disease, doctors say they see an increase in lower levels of gluten sensitivity as well. The prevalence for a gluten intolerance or gluten allergy is 9 times greater today than 50 years ago—closer to 1 in 70.

 It is no doubt that gluten allergies are much more common now than 50 years ago.

Why the Increase in Gluten Sensitivity?

          The wheat prevalence in our American diet has changed over the past several years. According to clinical nutritionist Sharon Meyer, C.N.C., of Sutter Health’s Institute for Health and Healing at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. American wheat grain has been altered to produce crops that are more robust, drought resistant, or that bake more easily and attractively. (As a point of reference, Monsanto tests over 1,400 crossbreeds of wheat each year. These go through extensive yield, water, etc. tests. These are often launched as seeds to growers.) However, our guts may not have adapted to these changes, nor were any studies conducted on actual people to see how these new grains would actually affect or assimilate in our bodies. At the same time, Americans are eating more wheat & gluten than ever, from that morning muffin to the sandwich at lunch and the pasta for dinner.

            According to Dr. David Bilstrum, MD, Functional Medicine at the Bingham Memorial Center for Functional Medicine & International Autoimmune Institute, it’s no longer a question of “if” someone has gluten sensitivity or health issues, it is only a question of “when”. Everyone will be on a scale of 1-99 (1 being the lowest sensitivity; 99 being the highest), yet 80-85% of the population would benefit from eating gluten free as we consume higher quality foods, avoid processed foods, GMO’s, preservatives, etc. It really comes back to, “We are what we eat”, says Dr. Bilstrum.

            So how can people know for sure whether or not they’re dealing with this growing problem? Unlike celiac disease, mild to moderate gluten sensitivity may not show up in blood tests, leaving people wondering whether or not they’re gluten sensitive. But some of the signs and symptoms can include gastrointestinal issues (constipation or diarrhea), iron deficiency, weight gain or loss, headaches, decreased memory, muscle/joint pain, muscle weakness, fatigue, diabetes, arthritis, muscle cramps, “wheat belly”, and many more. Experts recommend adults follow a careful protocol of eliminating gluten from their diets to see if they notice a difference in suspected symptoms –so come (or log onto our website) and let Mom’s Place help you feel better today!

About Mom’s Place Gluten Free

Mom's Place specializes in education, and gluten free products that improve the health of people all throughout the Nation (& Internationally). All of our products are gluten free, non-GMO, no preservatives and yet taste great! (Often rare to find in gluten free foods.) Additionally, when people hear "gluten free" they think three things--"Oh it will be difficult, expensive and taste bad." Right? But not with Mom's Place! We are changing that perception by providing gluten free products that taste amazing, are affordable and easy to make. Additionally, Mom's Place provides over 120 gluten free products covering the greatest breadth and depth of gluten free products available in the marketplace, yet needed to adhere to a gluten free diet. We offer breads, breakfasts, dinners, desserts, cream of soups, flours, spices & seasonings and much more. 

             People are often astonished to learn there is gluten in some meats, cheeses, dairy products, condiments, candies, etc. because you'd think gluten is only in bread products. I teach an educational series at our local college, educating consumers on the "behind the scenes" look at the food industry and how eating healthier, cleaner and gluten free can help them feel better and be healthier. Mom’s Place Gluten Free isn’t just some "me to" company who jumped on the gluten free trend because it was popular. We are women/mom's who have Celiac, gluten issues or family members with such. We understand our consumers, their needs and our certified gluten free facility is dedicated to the research & development of delicious gluten free foods. 

             You may not know… Only 1 in 10 people manifest symptoms of gluten issues in their stomach. Other symptoms include joint inflammation, diabetic symptoms, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, brain fog, chronic fatigue, topical rashes, arthritis, constipation/diarrhea, acid reflux, headaches and other health concerns. We are proud to help people make this connection and the stories of people with health improvements after transitioning to gluten free are plentiful. (It should be noted that there is no medicinal treatment for Celiac, it is only adherence to a strict gluten free diet that can keep symptoms at bay.) We help people feel better just knowledge and the right foods, but without pills!

            There is no other gluten free company in the marketplace, with the breadth & depth of gluten free products for the quality, simplicity, taste, texture and deliciousness that Mom's Place represents. Mom's Place is a one-stop shop for everything gluten free from seasonings, soups, dinners, breads, flours, breakfasts, and more. We save consumers significant time and money by providing everything gluten free, WITHOUT having to pay any expensive wholesalers, distributors or stores (like Wal-Mart) extra fees. Instead we provide quality of foods consumers expect, shipped directly to their door. 

            Be the angel in someone's life and introduce him or her to Mom's Place Gluten Free so they too can enjoy the countless benefits from a gluten-free lifestyle.  Please share our message!