One hears a lot about the topic recently. My wife has found that eliminating wheat has made her intestines more comfortable and allowed her to lose 10 lbs with no additional effort. Yet she never had the deeply intolerant, allergic reaction to wheat that some report. There are those whose bodies react very badly to lactose, others who can digest a little, and some who do fine unless they have large amounts of it, in which case lactaid is required.
People talk about food intolerances as if they are either-or problems. For some, I am sure they are. A brazil nut sends me to the ER for a shot, for example, and even trace amounts seem to require a couple of benadryl. Yet I wonder if many of these supposed allergies are better described as things-your-body-just-doesn't-digest-well-anymore. We ask our digestive systems to provide a rather impressive array of enzymes to get through a year, and perhaps some of them are simply in shorter supply as we age. Just an off-the-cuff theory. Does anyone actually know about this?
BTW, even though wheat avoidance has resulted in significant sacrifices in the area of desserts, any constraint forces creativity. We hadn't had warm indian pudding with whipped cream for a long time, but we did tonight. And you didn't. So we're ahead of you there, because it was quite lovely.