I recently noticed that a surprising number of people have found this site by googling “mini wheats and intolerance“. Actually, almost any number is surprising, given that before this article was written, this website ranked at 51 in Google for that particular search term. That is a lot of websites to explore, none of which provide an answer.
So I guess I owe it to those of you who are searching to write an article specific to this subject. No one should have to sift through that many search results to get an answer to this question!
Here are a few facts about Mini Wheats:
Lets take a look at these one by one.
Wheat can be hard to digest, and more and more people are discovering they have an allergy to wheat. Since wheat is pervasive in the Western diet (let’s assume that most eaters of Mini Wheats live in Western countries), it is unlikely that you would only suffer allergy symptoms due to wheat when eating Mini Wheats, but not bread, cake, soup, and just about most of what you probably eat. Unless you make a big effort to avoid wheat and gluten, you will be eating plenty of wheat.
I’ll assume anything as specific as an intolerance to Mini Wheats is not caused by wheat.
But now I am going to contradict myself and say that maybe, if you are allergic to wheat, your breakfast pushes you over the edge for various reasons. This is quite possible. It is also possible that you notice your wheat allergy symptoms more in the morning than any other time. So we won’t rule out a wheat allergy just yet after all. Let’s just say that it is less likely.
Milk is another common problem for a great many people. While some people have a milk allergy, a milk intolerance (inability to digest lactose is far more common. And it is common. Milk is also pretty pervasive in the Western diet, but not nearly so much as wheat. So it could be that your intake of milk is far more when you eat your Mini Wheats than at any other time. Ask yourself this: do you drink milk at other times, or have milk with other types of cerial, and have similar types of problems? If so, suspect milk. If not, milk is unlikely to be the problem.
Highly Processed Food is not healthy if consumed in large quantities. As processed food goes though, Mini Wheats is probably less processed than many other foods. I hope you will cut down on processed foods for general health reasons. Unless Mini Wheats is the only highly processed food you eat (unlikely), this is probably not the root cause of an intolerance to Mini Wheats.
An intolerance to Mini Wheats could be caused by a number of things, or combination of things. It could be due to a wheat allergy. Check out this Gluten Allergy information product for more information about how to avoid gluten. By avoiding gluten you will also be avoiding wheat.
Milk is also highly suspect. Think about other sources of milk in your diet. Cut them all out for a few days and see if you feel better. Don’t be surprised if your gut feels much more comfortable, you pass much less gas, and other symptoms go away.
Feel free to leave comments if you find this helpful, or if you find that you want more elaboration. Feedback is appreciated.