You have just found out that you have Celiac disease or other conditions that require you to restrict gluten from your diet. Now you ask, why do I have to stay away from gluten food products?
The most well-known disease that require a gluten-free diet is Celiac disease. Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease which affects the digestive process of the small intestine. The main culprit is a protein called gluten which is found in wheat, rye, barley, oats, and other hidden glutens found in imitation meats, ice cream, beer and soy sauce and I am sure other products that are not mentioned in this blog. A gluten-free diet excludes all of these, along with anything that could have been in contact with them. For example, everyone who has celiac disease and lives in North America are instructed to avoid oats. Why? This is due to the cross contamination caused by the crops being rotated and milled with WHEAT!
There are some conditions other than Celiac disease that do require that you follow a gluten-free diet. This is considered a necessary medical nutrition therapy. If you decide that you want to have a little or a couple of snacks made from food products that have gluten in them, beware! Your body reacts to gluten as if it were toxic. OMG! This reaction affects the inner lining of the small intestine which does not allow the absorption of nutrients-protein, fat, iron, calcium and vitamins A, D, E, and K. Adverse health issues arise when gluten is eaten ranging from bloating, gas, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, migraine headaches and joint pain.
If you are not sure if a product is gluten-free, check with your dietician or other healthcare professional that is knowledgeable about gluten-free food products.
Now you can have and eat your different selections of organic gluten-free cookies, cakes, breads, and other snacks and treats that are now available for you to enjoy.
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