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ARE YOU GLUTEN INTOLERANT?



WHAT IS GLUTEN?

Gluten is what gives the chewiness or elasticity to dough and what helps it to rise. Gluten is a complex or composite protein found in most grains and is composed of the simple proteins glutenin and gliadin. Glutenin and gliadin are most commonly referred to collectively as gluten but people can be intolerant to one or the other, or to both proteins.


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GLUTEN INTOLERANT?

A person who is intolerant to gluten reacts in some way to a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley etc. One can have an allergy or just a sensitivity, but the reactions can be devastating to one's health with or without a true allergy.


GLUTEN INTOLERANT SYMPTOMS

GUT RELATED SYMPTOMS

  • abdominal pain
  • abdominal distention or bloating
  • gas/flatulence - can be foul smelling
  • foul smelling stools, possibly fatty and floating
  • acid reflux
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • concurrent lactose intolerance
  • borborygamus (rumbling noises in the stomach/intestines)
  • digestive-related fatigue
  • failure to thrive in infancy and stunted growth in children

NON-GUT RELATED SYMPTOMS

  • headches (especially migranes)
  • foggy brain - difficulty focusing, concentrating and remembering
  • swelling and inflammation
  • pain - joint, head, bone, muscle
  • muscle cramping
  • depression
  • lack of motivation
  • mentstrual disorders
  • infertility
  • nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy - tingling/numbness in hands and feet)
  • clumsiness, lack of balance (ataxia, also a nerve disorder)
  • seiures
  • respiratory problems
  • skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne and rashes (see dermatitis herpetiformis) and hives
  • nose bleeds
  • bruising
  • anemia
  • arthritis
  • hair loss
  • blood sugar issues such as hypoglycemia, insulin resistance and diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • night blindness
  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
  • autism
  • anxiety
  • fatigue
  • mouth sores
  • unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • tooth and gum problems

AUTOIMMUNE DISORDER CONNECTIONS:

Gluten intolerance can be a common connection to all autoimmune diseases a few of which are:

  • Hashimoto's disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • lupus erthematosus
  • rheumatoid arthritis




FOODS THAT CONTAIN GLUTEN

Gluten is an inherent part of:

  • wheat
  • rye
  • barley
  • spelt
  • triticale
  • kamut
  • farina

Products made with these glutinous grains include:

  • bread
  • breaded fish and meat
  • croutons
  • pasta
  • pizza
  • noodles
  • crackers
  • cookies
  • cake
  • cake mixes
  • muffins
  • biscuits
  • pancakes and waffels
  • rolls
  • pie
  • buns
  • doughnuts
  • coucous
  • tabouleh
  • spelt bread
  • sprouted breads
  • ezkial bread
  • 7-grain bread
  • flour tortillas
  • banana bread
  • zuccini bread
  • wheat germ
  • wheat bran
  • barley pearls
  • barley grass
  • triticale
  • durum
  • semolina
  • wheat protein
  • wheat starch
  • bulgar
  • graham crackers
  • groats
  • oats and oatmeal - usually is contaminated with wheat
  • corn dogs
  • fried chicken
  • most fried foods like onion rings and french fries will be contaminated by breaded foods that have been fried in the same oil

Once you understand that gluten is found in many grains, it is easy to figure out that those foods listed above are not gluten-free foods. If you are in doubt, look it up or avoid it. However, the hard part is learning that to be truly gluten-free you need to read labels and learn to remember what foods are apt to contain hidden gluten. Once you know that wheat is found in ketchup, you avoid ketchup from the grocery store and start to shop in health food stores where you can find ketchup that is made without gluten and labeled "gluten-free". The same is true for soy sauce, which can be found in a gluten-free version.

FOODS THAT CONTAIN HIDDEN GLUTEN

  • ketchup
  • soy sauce
  • teryaki sauce
  • barbeque sauce
  • grilling sauces
  • glazed ham
  • cold-cut meats
  • pudding
  • licorice sticks such as Panda licorice
  • salad dressings
  • curry powders
  • other spice mixes
  • gravy
  • hotdogs
  • blue cheese
  • soups
  • sausages
  • canned baked beans
  • beer
  • Rice Dream rice milk (barley enzymes are used to process it)
  • malted milk
  • malt products like malt flavoring
  • malt vinegar
  • vanilla flavoring
  • rice crispies
  • imitation crab meat
  • flavored coffee
  • canned meats
  • corn flakes
  • most seasoned rice mixes unless labeled gluten-free
  • broths and soups
  • boullion
  • frozen french fries
  • frozen hash browns
  • brewer's yeast
  • tuna - some brands contain casein

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GLUTEN INTOLERANT?

A person who is intolerant to gluten reacts in some way to a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley etc. One can have an allergy or just a sensitivity, but the reactions can be devastating to one's health with or without a true allergy.































 



 

     
 

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