So I guess I can handle gluten?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I tried Robb Wolf's suggestion of trying strict paleo for 30 days, after I read his book and it all seemed to make sense. However he insisted that eating gluten after 30 days on paleo I'd have bad stomach pains and I'd really know about the damage it was causing

...Had some couscous, mhjouba (semolina based thingy), tuna mayo sandwiches, coco pops, pasta, I went all out 5 days ago on the things I crave the most

I'm fine, no pains or constipation or anything, I guess my gut can handle grains or what?

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on July 28, 2013
at 12:42 AM

My take is that just because you can tolerate something even over a long period of time doesn't mean that it is necessarily good for you. Obviously billions of people survive eating grains, but given their lack of nutrients, and numerous anti-nutrients, I just generally try to avoid them. Most tend to be filler anyway, like bread and pasta. Now will I eat the occasional grain product, sure, but as a rule I probably eat a single serving of grains once a week at most.



on July 27, 2013
at 11:33 PM

Personally, I do think Wolf overstated that bit based on his personal experience. Like him, I do react to gluten, but I suspect a lot of people really can digest it just fine. Whether it's good for their overall longterm health is another issue...

Also, note there's other reactive symptoms besides gut issues. Skin, sleep, anxiety, cravings, weight etc. Do you generally feel better after 30 days of Paleo?

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