Gluten, found in wheat, has been linked to Celiac disease, which is known to cause the following symptoms: Abdominal cramping, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and weight loss. Those with a gluten intolerance could experience headaches, tingling in the extremities, brain fog, weight gain and symptoms similar to irritable bowel syndrome. Wheat can also cause inflammation and diabetes. Anyone with an autoimmune disease, endocrine disease or endometriosis might want to avoid wheat.
There are other options such as rice flour and quinoa. In nutritional food stores you can find bread and pasta that do not contain wheat or white flour. In place of sandwiches with bread, you can deconstruct your food, and put the ingredients onto several romaine or other lettuce leaves. Your plate will look like you are eating a ton of food, but the calories will be low. In addition, you will be adding a vegetable serving or two to your diet.