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Gluttons for Gluten by Frank Garcia

I love bread. Unfortunately, not everyone shares my affinity for biting into freshly baked heavenly goodness and the instant happiness it provides. Sadly most of the people intolerant to gluten are seldom screened and suffer through the symptoms.

Gluten is the protein found in leaven products made mostly of wheat, rye, and barley. There are various types of gluten intolerance, celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivities. Celiac disease affects 1 in 133 people in America; it’s an autoimmune disease which affects the small bowel in response to digested gluten. Not everyone affected with celiac disease experiences the same symptoms. Digestive issues are typically reported from gluten digestion with those afflicted with celiac disease which range from gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.  Other non-digestive issues have also been associated with gluten intolerance to include fatigue, brain fog, or even dizziness. Anxiety, migraines and depression are also less notable but have been attributed to gluten ingestion.

Non-celiac gluten allergic responses are less severe, but may be debilitating. These symptoms may include rash, hives, itching, headache, and mood swings. If you experience any symptoms consider getting evaluated. The gluten allergy can be ruled out with a simple serum blood test.

Gluten Rich Foods

  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Durum Wheat
  • Graham Flour
  • Triticale
  • Kamut
  • Semolina
  • Spelt
  • Wheat Germ
  • Wheat Bran

Common Gluten Additive Foods

  • Pasta
  • Couscous
  • Bread
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Muffins
  • Pastries
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Beer
  • Oats (see the section on oats below)
  • Gravy
  • Dressings

Gluten Surprises

You may not expect it, but the following foods can also contain gluten:

  • broth in soups and bouillon cubes
  • breadcrumbs and croutons
  • some candiesgluten
  • fried foods
  • imitation fish
  • some lunch meats and hot dogs
  • malt
  • matzo
  • seasoned chips and snack foods
  • salad dressings
  • self-basting turkey
  • soy sauce
  • seasoned rice and pasta mixes
  • modified food starch

 

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.