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Gluten - Free Diets Fact Or Fad?
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Are Gluten-Free Diets The Latest Fad?

There has been a great deal of publicity surrounding Gluten-Free diets. Some of the Nations biggest stars are coming out regarding their gluten intolerances. Because of this fact people are jumping onboard the gluten-free train. However a gluten-free diet is not for everyone. Those people who truly suffer from Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance require a gluten-free diet. What is Celiac Disease? Celiac Disease is commonly defined as an autoimmune disease. This disease is a result of a gluten intolerance that keeps the body from absorbing the needed nutrients and vitamins.

People hear that with a gluten-free diet you can lose weight and suddenly want to go gluten-free. This is not a diet recommended just for those looking to lose weight. The gluten-free diet is for those truly suffering from gluten induced illness. It is a diet that takes considerable time when shopping to ensure proper adherence. Gluten-Free processed foods and food substitutes can become expensive this is a diet that should not be considered simply for a fad diet to lose weight.

What is gluten and what illnesses does it cause?

Gluten is the protein commonly found in Barley, Wheat and Rye. There are also other foods containing gluten such as processed foods and foods that have wheat or barley additives. Celiac Disease will cause an inflammation and damage the small intestine. When placed on a gluten-free diet the body will repair this damage. Many symptoms for Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance are the same and this makes it difficult to know which you are suffering from unless you discuss this issue with your physician and he has the necessary blood tests performed.

These symptoms include diarrhea, upset stomach, gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. There are migraine headaches and fatigue that are also attributed with Celiac Disease. Gluten Intolerance has been misdiagnosed in the past by some physicians. Some patients have suffered for years under the misdiagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Once properly diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance then placed on a gluten-free diet these patients showed remarkable improvement in health within the first month.

Often people hear gluten intolerance and all they think of is bread and cereal, however these are not the only products that contain gluten. Did you know that even some salad dressings, cold cuts, and licorice contain gluten. Beer contains gluten and some other alcoholic beverages contain gluten. Sauce mixes such as gravies, and taco seasoning mixes can contain gluten.

What foods are gluten-free?

When buying fruits and vegetables fresh are typically gluten free. You should pay close attention to the processed frozen and canned fruits and vegetables as these normally contain gluten or have been possibly cross-contaminated. In your fish, poultry and other meats fresh is normally free of gluten. However processed meats may contain gluten so you should read the package labels carefully. Never purchase processed fish with breadings as these do contain gluten.

Your dairy, milk and egg products are normally safe you should however read package labels before buying them because some do have gluten or have been processed with gluten additives. When purchasing processed cake mixes and other baking products you should avoid any not marked as gluten-free. All cereals, pastas, breads, and snacks should be labeled gluten-free. Any processed and prepared foods when purchased should be labeled as gluten-free. Condiments not labeled gluten free should be avoided. All american made soft drinks are considered to be gluten-free.

Unflavored teas and coffees along with 100 percent fruit juices are normally gluten-free. While all fruit flavored drink mixes and flavored coffees and teas may have gluten in them. The best thing when shopping is to remember to read all labels of any and all preprocessed consumable food and drink items. If you are not 100 percent satisfied that a product is gluten-free you should not purchase that item until you can research with the manufacturer if the product is safe.

This is not to be taken as a complete guide to all foods on the approved or disapproved gluten list. It is merely an aid to help with understanding the foods you can or can not have. For a full list simply ask your physician, nutritionist or research gluten intolerance on the internet.

I hope that you have found this article informative and helpful.


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