It seems like have become more present over the last few years than in the past and it had TruGlamour wondering; what is a Gluten Allergy exactly and how do so many people have it? We did our research and here is what we found:
Wheat is one of the top eight food allergens in the United States. A wheat allergy is an immune response to any of the protein present in wheat. Symptoms of a wheat allergy include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Irritation of your mouth and throat
- Hives and rash
- Nasal congestion
- Eye irritation
- Difficulty Breathing
These symptoms can begin within minutes or can begin up to two hours after the consumption of wheat.
Celiac Disease vs Non-Celiac Wheat Sensitivity
Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. The disease can develop at any age and lead to serious health problems such as, Type 1 Diabetes, multiple sclerosis, dermatitis herpetiformis, anemia, osteoporosis, infertility, miscarriages, neurological conditions, and intestinal cancers. The only cure for celiac disease: lifelong adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. This means if you have living with celiac disease, you have to refrain from eating wheat, rye, and barley. So how does this compare to non-celiac wheat sensitivity?
Non-celiac wheat sensitivity is similar to celiac disease, but they will NOT test positive for celiac disease. They may experience similar symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and chronic fatigue when they have gluten in their diet but when tested, they will not have celiac disease. Up until recently they believed that non-celiac wheat sensitivity, while like celiac, did not cause intestinal damage but research may now suggest otherwise. Due to symptoms being so similar, the only way you can tell if you have celiac or if you have a non-celiac wheat sensitivity is to be tested.
The Gluten Free Diet
The Gluten Free Diet; fact or fiction? Well, to be honest, BOTH. A gluten free diet will not benefit anyone that is not suffering from celiac disease or a non-celiac wheat sensitivity. There are claims that it can improve health, increase weight loss, and increase energy. But in this case, if you have neither, there is really no point and therefore this diet is FICTION. However, if you have the celiac or a sensitivity, this is absolutely fact.
If you’re living with celiac disease, it is essential to maintain a gluten free diet. Maintaining a gluten-free diet is not easy and it may surprise you some of the foods that contain gluten. Let’s start with some of the stuff that is allowed.
Allowed Fresh Foods
- Fruits and vegetables
- Lean, non processed meats, fish, and poultry
- Most low-fat dairy products
Allowed Grains, Starches, and Flours
- Corn and cornmeal
- Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean)
- Hominy (corn)
- Tapioca (cassava root)
Grains NOT Allowed
General Foods to Avoid
- Cakes & Pies
- French fries
- Salad dressings
- Seasoned rice mixes
- Soup/Soup Mixes
- Vegetables in sauce
Do any of these surprise you? Soup and vegetables in sauce shocked us. All in all, it looks like maintaining a gluten free diet is pretty tricky and we’re not sure why anyone would choose this diet without actually having an intolerance to gluten.
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