Are You Gluten Sensitive?
Do you suffer from cramps or bloating after enjoying a meal or sometimes after eating just a little of certain foods? Do you feel sluggish and tired most of the time? Do you regularly experience mental grogginess, or "brain fog"? If so, you may be suffering from a sensitivity to gluten, the major protein found primarily in wheat, barley, rye, and products made from these grains, including pastas, breads, cakes, cookies, crackers, cereal, and more. Gluten sensitivity can range from very mild to extreme (celiac disease). Today, millions of people are suffering from a wide variety of symptoms related to gluten sensitivity and most of them don't even know that gluten is at the root of their health problems.
Whether you're a South Beach Diet newcomer or are already on Phase 1, 2, or 3, this quiz, adapted from Dr. Arthur Agatston's new book, The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution, can help you identify where you are on the spectrum of gluten sensitivity and teach you how to make dietary changes, such as eliminating — and then gradually reintroducing — gluten to help you determine your gluten tolerance level and alleviate uncomfortable symptoms.
A note of caution: If after taking this quiz you think you may have celiac disease, talk with your doctor about getting the appropriate tests to rule it out, since many of the symptoms are the same as the ones associated with gluten sensitivity (which is a less-severe condition than celiac disease). Additionally, if you've ever been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, such as thyroiditis, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, or lupus, you should also get tested for celiac disease. If your tests are negative, give the South Beach Diet Gluten Solution Program a try to see if it helps you feel better.