What is gluten?
Gluten is a particular protein found in grains. Although there is nothing inherently wrong with this protein, in sensitive individuals, gluten can wreck havoc.
People with gluten sensitivity, often have common manifestations which can include:
People with other autoimmune diseases often do substantially better on a gluten free diet (Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Hashimotos, Thyroidism, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis , etc)
People with Celiac Disease, however, must stay on a gluten free diet in order to avoid further damage to their intestinal lining, which forms increasingly more scar tissue as gluten is consumed. This prevents the body from absorbing vital nutrients, but with gluten free diligence, the intestines can heal.
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Although not life-threatening in the short run, none of these manifestations allow those with a gluten intolerance to function very well.
Foods can be divided into four basic categories:
Where do you find it? Gluten can be found in:
What can you eat instead?
The common carbohydrates that GLUTEN FREE are made from
Some other carbohydrates that are also GLUTEN FREE are:
There are endless gluten free choices that are easy to obtain.
(Written by Arnel McAtee)
Two widely used elimination diets: