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Gluten-free diet is becoming fast popular nowadays and many celebrities like Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus have decided to quit the elasticity-offering protein. Though these celebrities have taken the decision for getting slimmer, gluten has some other more serious health issues for which many people have to kick it out of their diet. One of them is celiac disease and the other is non-celiac gluten intolerance (NCGI) which is also known as gluten sensitivity. Gluten worsens symptoms of these diseases, to the extent of totally damaging small intestine.

What Comes Under Gluten-free Diet?

Gluten-free means taking food that do not contain wheat, rye, oats and barley or gluten per se in any form. The important nutritional consideration for the celiac disease patients is to be very cautious while consuming food as even a little gluten can actually trigger the disease and to get the symptoms exacerbate. Diets come and go but celiac patients have to follow a strict gluten-free diet - sadly, for their entire life.

Food LabelCeliac patients have to abstain from indulging on their favorite foods such as pizzas toppings, sauces, nachos and beer so to stay simply. While breads, buns, cakes, soups, pancakes, pies, pizzas are all obvious sources of gluten the less obvious sources are candies, beers, malted beverages, marinades, croutons, sauces and a few salad dressings.

It is very important for celiac patients to read food labels that they are about to purchase. Beware of products labeled ďmay contain glutenĒ. This means that the item might have been cross-contaminated with other gluten-containing items, while manufacturing. They must also avoid cross-contamination at home by not preparing food using the same equipment with others. Even a small quantity of gluten can worsen symptoms of celiac disease or other diseases related to gluten intolerance.

How Feasible is Accepting Gluten-free Diet?

Gluten-free diet is not at all easy to accept, though it is not impossible too. The diet limitations may make you fade out. However, once you get used to it, it is not difficult to continue. Use some creativity and bring a variety to the foods. For celiac patients, eating gluten-free foods is the way of life. Fresh vegetables, fruits, unprocessed meat are all gluten-free. gluten-free meal can be prepared with food such as soup, soup base, pasta, bread, condiments, candy, spices, chocolates and others using gluten-free products. Celiac patients can use foods like rice, tapioca, potato or bean flour to prepare different recipes.

PizzaIn addition, food manufacturers are making a lot of gluten-free foods such as pasta, cookies, deserts, doughnuts, gluten-free beer and more lately. Also make sure there is no cross contamination that is also quite common and pose a threat to the restaurant eaters, especially. Celiac disease per se isnít a challenge, itís a life-altering medical condition and speaking to a celiac disease expert and nutritionist can help you cope with the condition. For a celiac, the only treatment and solution to stay healthy is to follow a gluten-free diet. The diet; however, doesnít control or keep the person off the disease but it is the only way the celiac symptoms can be managed.

Gluten-Free and Weight Loss

You cannot expect to lose weight with gluten-free diet, unless it contains a lot of natural foods and lacks junk foods. If you eat a lot of refined gluten-free foods, you cannot lose weight; rather you may gain weight with that kind of diet. However, other benefits like feeling energetic and having diarrhea subsided, are brought about by gluten-free diet. If your weight gain is due to the malabsorption of nutrients resulting from gluten sensitivity, your weight will reduce with the diet.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in many grains of which are used to  make flours. It is because of gluten that these flours get elasticity, an ability to rise, and get a shape and a chewy flavor.

Which Grains Contain Gluten?

Many grains contain gluten. Some of them which are common in our diet are:

  • wheat - including spelt and kamut

  • rye

  • barley

  • triticale Ė a cross breed of wheat and rye.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune hereditary disease. It is a condition in which patients are sensitive to gluten,  when ingested, gluten does extreme damage to the the absorbing tubules of the small intestine causing the intestine unable to absorb nutrients. Due to the malabsorption, many complications like weight-gain, anemia, osteopenia, abnormal bleeding etc. occur. Diarrhea and fatigue are common symptoms of this disease. Being an auto-immune disease, it can occur at any age.

Gluten Sensitivity

Some people donít suffer from celiac disease, but they feel fatigued, and suffer from acne and gastrointestinal problems, like diarrhea, bloating, constipation and abdominal cramps. They donít get relief with any medicines, but with a gluten-free diet. In such a case, they suffer from gluten sensitivity.

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