I want to talk about the addictive component of gluten and why you may be addicted to gluten.
When patients come into my clinic, one of my first recommendations is that they avoid gluten. There are a number of different problems with gluten, but one of the problems with gluten is that there is an addictive component of gluten and this is why it can be so challenging to remove gluten from their diet.
Gluten gets broken down into a peptide called gluteomorphins. Gluteomorphins will move into the opioid receptors in the brain, similar to morphine and cause a feel-good response. This makes gluten a hugely addictive substance and why people will crave gluten.
This is a reason that it can be challenging to remove gluten from the diet, is because of the addictive component of gluten. This will make a person crave this substance. So this can be a challenge of trying to remove gluten from the diet, and I can understand that it can be challenging, but we really need to be removing gluten because like a drug it can have negative effects on our physiology.