Wheat avoidance a public health issue

More than a million Australians have become ‘wheat avoiders’ after self diagnosing themselves as intolerant to products such as bread, pasta and breakfast cereals, a major national study has found.

About 10% of Australians report having gastrointestinal symptoms after consuming wheat and although some of these have coeliac disease, most have physiological symptoms but no formal diagnosis, according to CSIRO researchers in Adelaide.

In a survey of 1184 Australians they found a high proportion (15% of females and 6% of males ) were consciously avoiding products containing wheat. After excluding