Sex or Bread – Which Would YOU Choose?

Given the choice to have sex or eat bread, which would you choose? If you just screamed “sex !”:

  1. Apologize to your co-workers
  2. Ask yourself why so many others would choose bread, pasta, and pizza (a.k.a. gluten)

Gluten sensitivity is on the rise like no other food intolerance. It affects people with Celiac Disease AND a very large portion of the population who do not have the genes for Celiac Disease but still react negatively when they eat gluten (NCGS: Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive).

For many people (both confirmed with Celiac Disease as well as NCGS) eating even a small amount of gluten means bloating, cramps, and diarrhea… just to name 3 common symptoms that would get even Hugh Hefner out of the mood.

Yet you’ll still hear people say “I know I’m going to pay for this later, but I can’t resist,” and they proceed to dig into the bread basket.

At this point we all irrefutably know that the majority of the population is grossly addicted to food – but that addiction seems to extend to even when they are medically diagnosed with a food intolerance AND there is pain or discomfort every time they eat it.

What makes someone opt for pain for hours or days just for an immediate satisfaction that lasts a few seconds? What can we call that other than true addiction?

Food addiction: we get it. But can foods that cause pain still be better than having sex?

This study done by Leicester General Hospital, UK says: “There is now substantial evidence that coeliac sprue is associated with infertility both in men and women… derangement of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis. Hyperprolactinaemia is seen in 25% of coeliac patients, which causes impotence and loss of libido.”1

Another study:  “… sexual dysfunction and abnormalities of semen quality was determined in 28 consecutive males with coeliac disease… Of the married coeliacs, 19% had infertile marriages, a value greater than expected in the general population.”2

People that know this information and are affected STILL eat gluten or as they call it: “cheat”.  Cheat and suffer the inevitable consequences. The worst part: someone who is gluten sensitive and hasn’t yet triggered Celiac (Coeliac) Disease yet can actually prevent the trigger just by making some dietary changes – and yet everyone waits until it’s too late.

Infertility, impotence, sterility,  “…in men gonadal dysfunction is believed to be due to reduced conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone caused by low levels of 5 alpha-reductase… causes impotence and loss of libido.”3  Impotence and loss of libido is obviously no match for a hit of toast.

Some good news: “Gluten withdrawal and correction of deficient dietary elements can lead to a return of fertility both in men and women.”1  Going gluten-free may restore fertility however many issues are irreversible and even though the person will get better in most cases, they would still need to be living with a complicated lifelong disorder that has no cure.

So if given the choice between gluten (for which there are plenty of alternatives) and sex – hopefully you’ll choose sex. That muffin is really not worth it.

[box type=”note”]NOTE: Celiac Disease is not as rare as most people think. 30% of the American population has the genes for Celiac Disease4 though they don’t know it because 97% are estimated to not be diagnosed yet.4 Genetic testing is simple, non-invasive, and your #1 way to prevent yourself from living with this very common auto-immune disorder.[/box]


  1. Sher KS, Jayanthi V, et al. Infertility, obstetric and gynaecological problems in coeliac sprue. Dig Dis. 1994 May-Jun;12(3):186-90.
  2. Farthing MJ, Edwards CR, et al. Male gonadal function in coeliac disease: 1. Sexual dysfunction, infertility, and semen quality. Gut. 1982 Jul;23(7):608-14.
  3. Sher KS, Jayanthi V, et al. Infertility, obstetric and gynaecological problems in coeliac sprue. Dig Dis. 1994 May-Jun;12(3):186-90.
  4. National Institutes of Health, University of Chicago, Celiac Disease Center 12.12.2011.

Jaqui Karr

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One thought on “Sex or Bread – Which Would YOU Choose?

  • April 15, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Hello Jaqui, Thank you so much for posting about gluten sensitivity :) It’s a good thing only a few people have have celiac disease – or else the bread market will run out of business. In my private practice, I also see people who still want to indulge their food addiction even if they are allergic to a certain food. I really can’t understand why they still need to eat the same food stuff when they suffer each time they eat it.


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