Celiac Disease Is a Major Lifestyle Change!

A gluten-free diet can result in an almost immediate elimination of celiac disease symptoms. I have included a list of gluten-free foods that can relieve the symptoms of gluten sensitivity.

Even those who test negative to celiac disease can be allergic to gluten. Since gluten is in most breads, cereals and pasta, it can be extremely difficult to avoid.

Eliminating Gluten Can Be Very Difficult!

Reading labels will help, but can be misleading. Keep in mind that "wheat-free" does not mean gluten-free as gluten is also present in barley and rye. Also, gluten is found in many processed foods.

One may follow a gluten-free diet and continue to be affected by the consumption of gluten. There can be cross-contamination from counter tops, cooking utensils and even toasters. While careful procedures at home may eliminate the cross-contamination, restaurants with "gluten-free menus" are not likely to be as careful.

Those that suffer from any type of gluten intolerance need to evaluate every aspect of their lives. Gluten can be contained in soaps, shampoo, conditioners, and toothpaste. Fortunately, these toiletries are available free of gluten.

What Is Celiac Disease?

It is an autoimmune disorder in which gliadin (prolamin or gluten protein) is ingested and results in the destruction of the villi in the small intestine. The villi are very small projections on the inner surface of the intestine that make it, in a way, similar to a shag carpet.

Through these villi nutrients are absorbed into the blood stream. Without the villi, there will be lack of nutrient absorption possibly resulting in malnutrition. The common symptoms are abdominal pain and diarrhea, although damage can occur without any symptoms. 

Celiac disease or gluten-intolerance in children is particularly challenging as peer pressure and lack of understanding can result in poor food choices. The temptation to eat gluten containing food may be overwhelming.

Afflicted children should carry gluten-free snacks with them to lessen the chance of having to suffer the symptoms of ingesting gluten.

How Prevalent Is Celiac Disease?

One report lists that nearly one person in one hundred in the United States suffers from some form of gluten sensitivity. The level of sensitivity may be mild to severe.

With that number of people concerned about a gluten-free diet, there are a growing number of places to buy gluten-free products. The Gluten-Free Mall is worth exploring at www.celiac.com/GlutenFreeMall/. You will find cereal, crackers, bread, linguine, cookies, hoagie rolls, etc. To deal with the possibility of malnutrition there are also vitamins and various food supplements available.

Concentrate on the Positive - Not the Negative!

While there are many restrictions associated with a gluten-free diet, there are also many delicious choices. Here is a partial list of foods without gluten:

  • Beans
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Dairy products (most)
  • Nuts
  • Fresh eggs
  • Fresh meats
  • Fish and poultry

Weight Gain and Weight Loss on a Gluten-free Diet!

Because those affected by celiac disease may be malnourished, a gluten-free diet will allow nutrition to return to normal. This could result in the needed weight gain.

On the other hand, overweight individuals may credit their weight loss to their transition to a gluten-free diet. It is believed that the addition of fruits and vegetables are responsible for this pleasant outcome.

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