What Is a Gluten-Free Diet?
Gluten is a protein found mainly in whole grains. These whole grains have ample of vitamins, minerals, iron & fibre which help in lowering cardiac diseases, diabetes & chances of cancer. But in some cases gluten may not be beneficial as it is the main culprit causing allergies, celiac disease & other intestinal diseases. Gluten is present in wheat, rye, & barleywhich nowadaysisconsumed in form of bread, pizza or pastas. It may give rise to severe symptoms of intestinal disease & related complications.After testing positive for celiac disease doctors advise a gluten free meal plan. To exclude “gluten” from diet is known as a Gluten-free diet.
Those who have gluten sensitivity, initially, they have to give up their favourite foods like pasta, pizzas, certain breads & may be some nutritious food like oats as well. It is not found in poultry, meat or eggs.Here are some foods that are gluten free. They are beans, eggs, seeds, nuts, meat, fish, poultry, fresh fruits &vegetables, dairy products, Amaranth, Arrowroot, Buckwheat, Corn & cornmeal, Flax, Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, & bean), Hominy (corn), Millet, Quinoa, Rice, Sorghum, Soy, Tapioca, &Teff. Make sure these foods are fresh, natural, unmixed, unprocessed, no batter coating or marinated, additives or preservatives free.
Why Go Gluten-Free?
To keep away gluten allergies or celiac diseases, people need to understand which food has gluten or is gluten-free. Gluten is mostly found in breads, cereals, pastas & many processed foods which damage the intestine & give rise to celiac disease. This disease may damage the lining of the small intestines. If it is left undiagnosed or untreated then a person is more likely to develop further complications like autoimmune disorders, osteoporosis, infertility, neurologic problems &cancer, in rare cases.
Diagnosis of celiac disease is done withcertain lab tests& biopsy of small intestine.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
- Bone Pain
- Severe skin rash called Dermatitis Herpetiformis
- Often it has no symptoms
‘Going Gluten free’ is the only treatment to treat this disease as it prevents severe symptoms & intestinal disease-related complications which ultimately improve patient’s quality of life.
People with similar symptoms but no celiac disease can also follow& benefit from gluten-free diet. Their condition is known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
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When Gluten-Free Diet Is a Choice?
It is not a compulsion that only person with celiac symptoms should try, anybody can try a gluten free diet. By consuming foods like fruits &vegetables, Quinoa, lean meats & beans you are actually increasing body’s healthy-o-metre. But it should be noted that this diet isn’t meant for detoxifying body because gluten is not a toxin,& second,this diet plan should be followed for a short duration otherwise you may eliminate essential elements like zinc, iron, magnesium, fibre, calcium, other nutrients &various vitamins from your system. No point in taking risks unless you are actually tested positive for celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
Who Really Should Be on Gluten-Free Diet?
Gluten causes chronic inflammation, bloating, cramping, & specific types of skin rashes. If s/he has gluten reaction or intolerance,& severe celiac or intestinal diseases then it may also be possible they become lactose intolerant &anemic. If all of these are causing hindrancesin leading quality of life then definitely gluten-free diet is recommended.