Oats May Be A Source Of Bloating and Headaches


Most of the staple foods are either based on rice or wheat. Due to increasing trend of obesity people are opting out of rice in high numbers every day in spite of a strong craving for it and shifting to a diet that is less prone to obesity. This kind of diet in general involves a mixture of carbohydrates, proteins and good fats. When it comes to carbohydrates it is wheat or oats that is generally preferred. Oat meals are very common now-a-days as it is full of dietary fibers and a valuable source of carbohydrate in addition being easy to cook.

Are you sure this new diet is working well for you?

After having an oatmeal in the breakfast or lunch if you face bloating or get an headache followed by dizziness and joint pains you should not neglect it. This is because most of the oats we purchase from the market are cross-contaminated with Wheat, Barley and/or Rye, which occur during harvesting, storage, milling, processing and packaging. Oats, wheat, Rye are having a protein known as Gluten.



Gluten being a big protein is hard to digest and many of us fall short of enzymes necessary to digest gluten. Moreover, certain human bodies are intolerant to Gluten and consumption of it leads to inflammation in the small intestine as a result of which the body becomes incapable of absorbing essential nutrients. If this situation continues it ends up in a disease called Celliac disease that may prove fatal.

The other symptoms of Gluten intolerance and Celliac disease are gas, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, hormone imbalances, unexplained infertility, anxiety, depression, mood swings etc. Getting a diagnosis for Celliac disease is easy and affordable but a test in the initial stages is a bit difficult. There is a process called ‘ Food Challenge’, usually a trial and error method with different kinds of food generally carried out under an expert’s supervision in a hospital for continuous three days, which is not so convenient. It is mostly upon self experience and observation that one can detect if he/she is gluten intolerant.

Once one realizes that he /she is a Gluten intolerant he/she should refer to FODMAPS to understand which foods to include and which kind of foods to eliminate from the diet. There is no denying the fact that choosing a right diet differs with every individual and is very difficult to choose. Only way is to read more and more and try every other way to find out exactly which foods are serving one the best and rendering optimum results. What suits you may not suit me and what harms you may not harm me. Equations are different so we should be thankful to this Nature to provide us with such a wide variety of foods to choose and eat from it.

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