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When you think of an allergy, fiber probably doesn’t come to mind. That’s because a fiber allergy is not an accurate diagnosis. If you experience adverse reactions when you eat fiber, you may be eating too much fiber, have a wheat allergy or an intolerance towards certain grains 1. Many people confuse an allergy with another condition because the digestive symptoms are similar. Only your doctor can determine which condition is causing symptoms. Do not attempt to self-diagnose based on symptoms alone.
Fiber is an essential substance needed for proper digestion and overall health, according to AskDrSears.com 2. Fiber assists your digestive tract in keeping food moving throughout the intestines and maintaining regularity. Lack of adequate fiber in your diet can lead to constipation and other health concerns. These symptoms may be confused with an allergy.
You may be confusing fiber consumption with eating wheat. If you’re allergic to wheat, you may also be allergic to oats, rye and barley because they all contain a similar protein, gluten. According to MayoClinic.com, someone with a wheat allergy has a hypersensitivity to one of four main proteins found in wheat 1. When you consume wheat products your immune system reacts as if it’s under attack and begins producing immunoglobulin E, or IgE antibodies.
A food intolerance and allergy are two different conditions that are commonly confused. Food intolerance is considered more common than an allergy and is typically associated with grains, dairy and certain sugars. The American College of Gastroenterology states that food intolerance is an inability of the digestive tract to properly break down certain proteins and sugars in various foods.
If you develop diarrhea as a result of eating fiber, talk with your doctor. Diarrhea can cause dehydration, a serious medical condition that can be life-threatening. Your doctor may recommend that you modify your diet to alleviate the symptoms.
Food intolerance is considered more common than an allergy and is typically associated with grains, dairy and certain sugars. If you experience adverse reactions when you eat fiber, you may be eating too much fiber, have a wheat allergy or an intolerance towards certain grains. Many people confuse an allergy with another condition because the digestive symptoms are similar.
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