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.
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.
In addition, food manufacturers are making a lot of
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
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
Which Grains Contain Gluten?
Many grains contain gluten. Some of them
which are common in our diet are:
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.
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.