An article about Wheat, Gluten and Asthma on this site has generated tremendous interest and many dozens of comments supporting the idea that wheat or gluten causes asthma, or more accurately, that cutting out wheat or gluten reduces or eliminates asthma symptoms for at least some people.
It is hard to use the comments on this site as an accurate gauge since no one has commented to say that they cut out wheat and it was of no help. Still, there seems to be a strong ling, and it would be interesting to know if a wheat-free/gluten-free diet would help all asthmatics or only those with a gluten allergy.
The other question is what the root cause of asthma is in these cases: gluten or wheat? The distinction is important because asthmatics need to know if they should be avoiding all wheat (difficult but possible) or all gluten (more restrictive than avoiding wheat).
Certainly there are many people with a gluten allergy, and one possible gluten allergy symptom is asthma. It is also possibly more related to celiac disease.
What I have noticed, as far as gluten-allergy and dietary restrictions go, is that avoiding gluten is probably easier than avoiding wheat, as odd as this may sound. More servers, cooks and chefs in restaurants understand gluten-free than wheat-free, and there are more and more gluten-free products coming out on supermarket shelves. By simply going gluten-free, you avoid all wheat and it just seems easier.
When it comes to cooking at home though, it is a little different. There are certainly more choices when you just eliminate wheat and can cook with barely, rye and oats than when you avoid all gluten.
If you are asthmatic and have been avoiding wheat and have noticed some improvement, I suggest you try avoiding all gluten to see if that provides further improvement. I don’t think you will find it too hard.
What are your experiences with gluten allergy and asthma? Please leave a comment.