Mold Avoiders Poll Results: Wheat Reactions and Consumption Habits

 

Wheat Poll

This poll was conducted in the Mold Avoiders Facebook group in March 2017. A total of 132 people participated.

The question and the results are listed below.

Following is a list of statements about wheat. Please mark all the ones that appear to be true for you. Thank you for your participation in this poll.

 

Consumption Habits:

47% – I avoid even tiny amounts of wheat as strictly as possible. (62 respondents)

32% – I don’t eat wheat very often but do eat some from time to time. (42 respondents)

11% – I avoid wheat in general but don’t worry about tiny amounts. (14 respondents)

0% – I eat wheat fairly regularly (at least several times per week. (0 respondents)

 

Wheat Avoidance Reasons:

24% – My suspicion is that my problems with eating wheat have been more due to contamination (e.g. glyphosate or mycotoxins) than with the gluten. (32 respondents)

21% – I know that I am very hyperreactive to even small amounts of wheat or gluten. (27 respondents)

11% – I seem to have done better by following the low FODMAPs diet at some point during my illness or recovery. (14 respondents)

7% – I do not seem to react to small amounts of wheat or gluten but am negatively affected by larger amounts. (9 respondents)

6% – I avoid wheat because it seems to be a healthier thing to do, even though I don’t know that I react negatively to it. (8 respondents)

5% – I don’t eat much wheat because it seems that other foods are more nutritious. (6 respondents)

5% – I’m not sure how reactive to wheat I am. (6 respondents)

3% – I avoid wheat because it is bad for my Hashimoto’s/thyroid issues. (4 respondents)

3% – I avoid wheat because I am trying to minimize carbs. (4 respondents)

2% – I have been diagnosed by a doctor with classic celiac disease. (3 respondents)

2% – I do not seem to have any negative reactions to wheat at all. (3 respondents)

2% – I avoid wheat because a doctor or other health professional suggested it was a good idea. (2 respondents)

 

Alternate Wheat Forms:

6% – I seem to be able to eat sprouted wheat products, such as Ezekiel bread, without any problems. (8 respondents)

5% – I seem to be able to eat wheat that is not from America (such as pasta from Italy) without any problems. (6 respondents)

5% – I seem to be able to eat real sourdough wheat bread without any problems. (6 respondents)

2% – I seem to be able to eat Einkorn wheat without any problems. (3 respondents)

2% – I seem to be able to eat spelt wheat without any problems. (2 respondents)

0% – I seem to be able to eat organic North American pasta without any problems. (0 respondents)

 

More Comments:

13% – I used to be much more reactive to wheat or gluten than I am at present. (17 respondents)

7% – I have been during my illness a lot more reactive to certain other foods than I have been to wheat. (9 respondents)

7% – I have visited another country and found that I was magically able to eat wheat there, even though I can’t at home. (9 respondents)

1% – I am able to eat wheat with fewer reactions if I am in a really pristine environment. (1 respondent)

 

Einkorn Poll

A separate poll was conducted in the Mold Avoiders group in April 2017.

A total of 56 people participated, and all of them reported having problems tolerating regular wheat.

The question and results were as follows:

Have you tried Einkorn wheat (from an Italian company called Jovial)? What was your experience with it if so? Please limit your responses only to Einkorn products from Jovial, not to other products you may have tried. 

 

77% – I have not tried Einkorn wheat from Jovial. (43 respondents)

13% – I have tried Einkorn and was able to tolerate it without problems. (7 respondents)

5% – I have tried Einkorn and was not able to tolerate it any better than regular wheat. (3 respondents)

4% – I have tried Einkorn but am not sure how well I was able to tolerate it. (2 respondents)

2% – I have tried Einkorn and was able to tolerate it better than regular wheat but still had some problems. (1 respondent)

 

A collection of additional poll results can be found on the Living Clean in a Dirty World blog.

 

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