What Is Gluten Everything You Need To Know

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Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, rye, and barley as well as other foods such as bread, cereal, cake, and pasta. It can also cause an immune response damaging the lining of your small intestines if not ingested properly or if there are any allergies present. The more that you eat, the higher your risk of developing disorders. So what does this mean for you? And how can you tell if this is a problem for you?

Foods that contain gluten

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This may be found in a variety of whole and processed foods, including:

– bread

– cakes and other desserts,

– sauces and gravies made from flour,

– soups prepared with this as a thickening agent or roux,

– processed meats such as hot dogs and deli slices.

– soy sauce or teriyaki sauce containing this ingredient, coated nuts/seeds (breaded), fried foods at restaurants that have been dredged in this before frying.

How to know if this is a problem for you

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Symptoms of intolerance and celiac disease can vary from person to person. They may include:

– abdominal pain or cramping, bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea

– nausea and vomiting

– fatigue and weakness

– headaches, migraines

– joint pain or swelling

– skin rashes such as dermatitis herpetiformis (DH)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important to see your doctor for testing. A blood test can determine whether you have an intolerance to this while a biopsy of the small intestine can diagnose celiac disease.

Gluten-free diet

This is a necessary life-long treatment for those who have been diagnosed with celiac disease. It involves avoiding all foods that contain it as well as any products that may have come into contact with this such as sauces, gravies, and salad dressings. There are many substitutes available including bread, pasta, cereals, and baking mixes so it’s important to educate yourself on what’s safe to eat. You will also need to read food labels carefully.

What does this free label mean?

While this type of labeling is mandatory in the United States and Canada, it only applies to foods that contain this. This can include bread, pasta, cereals (cracked wheat), cakes, and other desserts as well as processed meats such as hot dogs or deli slices. It does not apply to products where this has been used for its consistency but was never actually an ingredient like sauces or gravies made from flour. If you see this label means the product contains less than 20 parts per million of this which may still trigger sensitivities in those with celiac disease so use caution when consuming them on a regular basis.

Conclusion: So what does this mean for you? And how can you tell if this is a problem for you? These foods usually contain other types of protein such as soy, rice, and quinoa. If this has been identified by your doctor or nutritionist to be an issue for you then it may be the best thing to do to avoid all sources of this in order to get better. However, if diet changes and medication don’t work and there’s no known allergy present then celiac disease could exist. It’s important that everyone who suspects they have celiac disease gets tested by their physician before making any dietary changes because not getting treatment will lead to more serious health problems over time. 

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