How dairy can affect those with gluten sensitivity
By Roy Kim, May 14 2014
It’s obvious that those sensitive to gluten can experience adverse reactions when they consume gluten. However those same adverse reactions can also be triggered by more than gluten because of their gluten sensitivity. This means that people with gluten sensitivity may need to remove more than gluten from their diets to avoid the headaches, abdominal pain, fatigue, bloating or whatever symptoms they have associated with the consumption of gluten. Milk and milk products have a tendency to cause the same symptoms as gluten to those with gluten sensitivity. This is caused by a phenomenon known cross-reactivity.
When gluten sensitive people consume gluten, antibodies are created and bind to the gluten so your immune system knows to “attack”. This is what causes all the symptoms mentioned earlier. The reason milk and milk products cause the same adverse reactions is because the fat and protein in milk have a similar structure to gluten. While they are not identical, they are close enough to confuse the antibodies causing them to bind and trigger the immune system just like they would with gluten.
I want to remind you that everyone is different. Being intolerant to gluten does not mean that milk and milk products will cause the same symptoms as gluten. However, if you have removed gluten from your diet and still experience the same symptoms, there is a good chance that milk is the culprit. Products made from milk include butter, cheese, kefir and yogurt. If you are intolerant to gluten, try removing these from your diet as well and see how you feel.