Beer, Wheat and Gluten. UGH.
I recently found out that I have a bit of a wheat sensitivity. Nothing too crazy but since I cut wheat out and added a few things into my diet, I’ve been basically healthy all winter (which is unheard of for me!). Normally I feel like this:
This being said, it’s not just a gluten thing, but it’s a overall wheat thing. People tend to get these confused so really quickly, it means that some things have wheat but not gluten, and some things have gluten but not wheat. If I want to have a happy stomach, I try to stay away from wheat because there are other proteins in it that upset my stomach.
So, after long (mostly) friendly debates with my boyfriend, we tried to figure out if I could have beer or not. I like to be right, so I did some research, and I’m still a little bit wary.
So – I originally thought that all beer had wheat in it (except the specific “gluten-free” beers), but according to The Celiac.com website “there have been numerous claims that traditional barley-based beers are gluten free or that all beers are gluten free. Unfortunately, the area is very grey and substantiated on technicalities. The purpose of this post is to eliminate the confusion about gluten as it relates to beer.” – So this was my stance.
Fine. But then what about “wheat beer”? According to Healthy Eating beers are made normally either from barley, or wheat, and both of those have gluten (but not both of them have wheat). So, I can have barley beer but not wheat beer? But a Celiac probably can’t have either?
Fine, well how do I know if the beer is a wheat beer or not? Wikipedia has a list of beer names that are typically wheat beers.
So, then I found on this site that the list of beers that don’t use wheat is longer than the list that does (this is looking up for me!)
So I’ve come to the conclusion that I can have beers that aren’t wheat beers, and I don’t think that a true celiac can have beer unless its made specifically gluten-free. Here is a small list of beers that definitely don’t contain gluten and also don’t suck, for you Celiacs.
But, to prove myself right, I had to write this post.