Gluten Free Foods And Diet by elsh100


									Gluten Free Foods And Diet
By Zollie Williams

Gluten is a complex compound found in commonly used cereals like wheat, and barley. Some people are
allergic to gluten, have a gluten intolerance, or have Celiac Disease. Its estimated that up to 10% of the
U.S. population could have some form of gluten allergy.

Gluten consumption for gluten intolerant people is extremely bad and could lead to many complex
medical conditions. And a large percentage of people, though not gluten intolerant, have difficulty in
digesting gluten. Many people in the U.S. are gluten intolerant and don't even know it. And many
medical doctors misdiagnose gluten intolerant people all the time, as the symptoms are varied and
different from person to person.

Gluten consists of two main compounds, glutelin and gliadin. Its the substance which gives elasticity to
dough and gives the sticky texture to the dough when kneaded. Gluten intolerance causes all kinds of
symptoms including: headaches, migraines, exhaustion, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation/diarrhea,
joint pain, and anemia, to name just a few. Any processed foods made from wheat, rye or barley should
be strictly avoided.

Having ample servings of vegetables and fruits and cutting way back on carbs is a big step towards going
gluten free. Minimizing processed foods containing complex carbohydrates can immediately help people
clear up any symptoms they might be having. Processed foods like biscuits, cakes, cookies, and bread
usually have a significant amount of gluten in them and will need to be cut from the diet.

Luckily for those who find themselves unable to eat gluten based foods, there are now many gluten free
products on the market. Gluten free breads are available that are made of rice, millet, almonds, soy and
other non-gluten grains.

Rice is a common grain which is known to be devoid of gluten. Rice can be substituted over gluten based
foods. Substances like beer and whiskey which are brewed with fermented wheat, are definitely gluten
foods and should be avoided. Wine could be an alternate to beer. And there are now some gluten free
beer products on the market.
Maintaining good health by consuming gluten free foods is possible, provided some supplements are
taken to prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies. These supplements may be unnecessary if ample
fruits and green leafy vegetables are included as a part of the diet. But doctors and nutritionists
recommend taking vitamin supplements no matter what your diet. Especially for women and older

Going gluten free could also bring in a lot of other health benefits. Avoiding processed foods brings a
host of benefits such as reduced risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. A well planned diet
based on gluten free foods will go a long way in your quest for good health.

But cutting gluten products out of your diet is easier said then done. Our society is based on gluten
foods: burgers and sandwiches, pastas, cereals, pastries - those are all gluten foods and a huge staple of
the American diet.

When first going gluten free, many people cannot keep themselves from cheating and eating the way
they have eaten their whole lives. That's why it's so wonderful that there are now thousands of gluten
free products on the market. Those with gluten intolerance and celiac disease can continue to eat
sandwiches, pastas, and baked goods. You just need to know which gluten free products taste good and
have a good texture to them.

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