A gluten allergy is the body’s inability to digest or break down the gluten protein found in wheat and certain other grains. Gluten intolerance (also known as a gluten sensitivity) can range from a mild sensitivity to gluten to full-blown celiac disease. Around 1 in 150 people in the UK has celiac disease. Celiac Disease is a severe autoimmune disorder in which a person’s immune system attacks gluten in the small intestine. Gluten Intolerance can affect people in many different ways, including the following symptoms:
|Flatulence||Pre Menstrual Syndrome|
|Abdominal Cramps||Chronic Fatigue|
|Depression||Inflammation of joints|
|Attention Deficit Disorder||Tingling in hands and feet|
Of course, many of these symptoms can be attributed to a number of other health factors. Ruling out Gluten Intolerance is just as important as discovering it.
Reading Food Labels
When shopping, get into the habit of reading food labels to ensure that you are avoiding anything containing gluten. Gluten isn’t contained in one single grain but found in many, as per the below:
In addition to pure wheat, all of its forms are also off-limits. This includes:
- wheat starch
- wheat bran
- wheat germ
- cracked wheat
Gluten Free Grains
- Oats **see below
- Wild Rice
** oats (oats themselves don’t contain gluten, but are often processed in plants that produce gluten-containing grains and may be contaminated).
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