Coffee is the most common reactor to gluten. Oh no…Not coffee? Think about how many people are celiac or sensitive to gluten? Then consider how many of us drink coffee. This is something I have experienced I am confident to say that because I am very sensitive to gluten, I am very affective by coffee. There is no doubt in my mind. I hope for any of you who are also very affected by gluten and are still looking for clues, my story can help.
A couple of months ago I was concerned because I was having blurred vision especially when driving. It’s so hard to explain but along with it was a weird vertigo type of feeling and an inability to focus. I started to wear my glasses all of the time but it really wasn’t helping. It was scary because when I was driving and I would be at a stop light trying to look in one direction, it would happen.
At this time, I was enjoying at least three cups of coffee in the morning and sometimes more. I didn’t equate coffee with my symptoms until a friend posted an article about coffee being the most common reactor to gluten. To be honest I glazed over it and decided to take it seriously another day because I was already trying to live dairy, soy, gluten and almost corn free so the thought of a life without coffee was not going to happen. Yet.
One day, I was stopped at a red light and literally could not focus. My vision was so blurry and my head so dizzy that I knew I couldn’t drive. Thankfully I found a place to pull over safely and decided to look into the possibility that I was sensitive to coffee. That incident scared me enough to decide to cut it out for a week and thankfully I did. I had no more vertigo or blurred vision.
Never in my life would I have considered giving it up but I also never wanted to feel those symptoms again. Gluten affects me very seriously and so does coffee.
Here is the info that convinced me there was a link:
In a nutshell, fairly recent lab research has revealed that 10% of coffee is a protein that cross reacts with gluten antibodies.
This means that if you are gluten sensitive or celiac and are avoiding gluten containing grains or perhaps have even gone completely grain free, if you still drink coffee there is a strong likelihood that the protein in the coffee is triggering the very same gluten related health problems you are trying to avoid.
In other words, even if you think you are doing fine with your current gluten free diet, it is very possible that skipping the coffee could take your health to the next level.
The problem has nothing to do with caffeine, so decaf coffee would be included in this discussion.
You can read more here: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/gluten-issues-or-celiac-dont-drink-coffee/