Why a Gluten-Free Diet Might Be Right For You?
Many people suffer from common digestive disorders, while others may experience a more chronic condition known as celiac disease, an immune reaction to gluten.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, oats, barley, many processed foods, pasta, pizza, and breads. Today, the cases of people diagnosed with celiac disease are on the rise due in part to better public awareness, and further research of this chronic condition.
Those individuals suffering from gluten intolerance may experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss, although the symptoms can vary greatly with each individual. An immune reaction to gluten for those suffering from Celiac disease can result in severe gastrointestinal distress and possible damage to the small intestine. On the other hand, some people may be prone to gluten sensitivity and not considered to have Celiac disease, since they don’t experience any damage to the small intestine. The symptoms may be similar to Celiac disease since they can also include diarrhea, stomach pain, and bloating.
It’s best to consult your physician if you suspect you suffer from any type of intolerance from gluten, for a proper evaluation and diagnosis. If you do suffer from this condition and leave it untreated, it could lead to more serious complications.
• All fresh fruits and vegetables, plain frozen fruits and vegetables, and plain canned fruits and vegetables.
• Fresh lean meats, chicken, and fish
• Grains such as rice, flax, chickpeas, quinoa, and buckwheat, are all included in this diet.
• Rice and corn cereals, as well as, other gluten-free cereals.
• Almond butter, cashew butter, and peanut butter.
• Rice cakes and crackers, soy crisps.
• Condiments such as mustard and ketchup, honey, olives and pickles.
•Yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, eggs, and butter, and most dairy products.
Some hidden sources that you may not be aware of that contain gluten are; sauces and soup mixes, and some salad dressings. If you suspect you may be experiencing a sensitivity, or intolerance to gluten, you may try to eliminate the suspected gluten culprit from your diet, and see if your discomfort improves. Finding out if gluten-free diet can improve your well-being is definitely something to explore.
The grocery stores are continually adding more gluten-free products to accommodate today’s consumers. You may want to look for items specifically marked gluten-free in your grocery store if you are following this diet.
It’s important to note that those who follow gluten-free diet regimens may not be getting enough vitamins and nutrients in their diet, however, since Celiac disease can interfere with the absorption of nutrients from the food you eat. You may want to add additional supplements as needed, or suggested by a dietician.