I have a lot of people in my life that, in the past 10 years, have figured out they are allergic, intolerant or sensitive to wheat glutens. One of my best friends discovered she has celiac disease (also called celiac, nontropical sprue, gluten intolerant enteropathy, or gluten intolerance).
Many people discover that they feel better when they eliminate gluten from their life. For some people, it's a matter of a personal preference. For others, a gluten-free diet is a medical necessity.
Here are some reasons for choosing a gluten free diet:
- wheat allergies (wheat is one of the common allergies)
- gluten sensitivities, intolerance
- celiac disease
- low carbohydrate dieting
- digestive disorders, bloating
Studies have shown that persons with celiac disease may suffer chronic digestive reactions when ingesting food products with gluten. Wheat, barley and rye are grains that contain other ingredients that are irritating and cause immune reaction. All of these grains have been shown to trigger a negative response when consumed by people with celiac. Even though there may not be overt negative symptoms from consuming these grains, the gluten may negatively affect the digestive tract.
Gluten is everywhere!
They sneak it into seasonings, sauces and soups. When transitioning to a gluten-free life, you must learn to read labels. Wheat-free products may not be gluten-free. Many "wheat alternative" also contain gluten and should be eaten with caution if you are avoiding gluten in your diet.
Here are some grains you can ABSOLUTELY have and ENJOY on a gluten-free diet:
- -corn/blue corn-cornmeal,polenta
I also know some great gluten-free labels/brands out there for when you go shop. Ask if you have any questions!
Remember, Gluten-free doesn't have to be about LIMITING your life... it can be about expanding and exploring a variety of new grains!
check out this recipe for a delicious gluten free bread!!