Heard about the gluten free diet? Want to know if it is right for you?

We know: All about the Gluten-Free Diet

What does gluten mean?

Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in some foods such as cereals, breads, pastas, sauces and beer. A gluten-free diet requires completely avoiding wheat, barley, rye and usually oats.

Who should practice a gluten free diet?

For people who have celiac disease, it is essential to practice a gluten-free diet. People with celiac disease must avoid gluten because it causes damage to their small intestines. Others, who are not required to follow the gluten diet for medical reasons, choose to follow voluntarily as part of a healthier life style.

How do I know if I should be on the gluten-free diet?

You can only be 100% certain by seeing a doctor and getting tested. However, some more common symptoms of celiac disease are:

  • Episodic or nocturnal diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Abdominal discomfort and bloating
  • Anemia
  • Lactose intolerance

How do I know if foods are gluten-free?

Many health food stores stock gluten-free pasta, breads, cakes and cereals. There are also several online gluten-free shopping websites that have numerous products available.

Alternatively, check the ingredients on the back of the packaging. Food additives, emulsifiers and stabilizers can all have gluten in them. When you eat out, it is important to ask the chef what ingredients were used to prepare the food.

Is the gluten-free diet expensive?

Gluten-free products may not be widely available depending on where you live. Therefore, they may be expensive. Find out where nearby health stores are and don't be afraid to check the web for bulk buys or hard to find products. Although gluten-free products may be more difficult to get, there are a lot of tasty gluten- free foods available including chips, crackers, cakes and cookies.

Is a gluten-free diet safe?

A gluten-free diet can certainly have an effect on your body. You should talk to your doctor before starting any gluten-free diet.

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