Gluten intolerance diet

Gluten intolerance (celiac disease) is a severe condition with physical symptoms that are triggered by the consumption of gluten foods. Celiac disease is not caused by anything but rather it is a condition that is inherited. Upon the consumption of foods with gluten (mostly grains) such as wheat or barley, a physical reaction will occur.

The symptoms of this condition can be extremely severe so it is important that you have a strict gluten intolerance diet to prevent them. As gluten intolerance cannot be treated it is essential that you prepare yourself with a strict diet plan to follow for the rest of your life.

Celiac Disease Symptoms
If you consume any gluten it will cause a physical reaction. In most cases it will be a very severe reaction. A gluten reaction can potentially cause harm to your small intestine. It can also lead to malnutrition. This is often caused by vitamins and minerals not being absorbed properly, which is also a symptom of this condition.

Gluten-free Diet
The only way to prevent any symptoms from occurring is to create a gluten-free diet. The basics of this nutritional plan will be that there are no foods that contain gluten in the diet. As you can have a severe reaction from even a small amount of gluten it is essential that you find foods that are safe to eat. The only good thing about this is that many foods available today are gluten-free.

There are also substitutions for common foods that would normally contain gluten. The reason behind there being so many foods made available as gluten-free is probably that around 1% of the population suffers from gluten intolerance.

Diagnosing Celiac Disease
Many people are living with this condition without even knowing that they have it. You may not always notice the symptoms as they are not always instant. Intestine pains may be a sign that you have celiac disease but it is not instantly associated with the condition. Even for those that do not notice any symptoms it could still be affecting them.

People with gluten intolerance will have troubles absorbing vitamins and minerals. This could lead to malnutrition and is hard to notice consciously but it will have a huge affect on your overall health. Even if you are not noticing any of the symptoms it would still beneficial to create a gluten-free diet plan. However, if you do notice some of the symptoms and believe that you may have celiac disease then you should visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis.

What to Eat on a Gluten-free Diet
When creating a grocery list or meal plans for a gluten-free diet it is more important to focus on what you have to avoid. After you know all of this you can look at possible foods that you could consume and cross reference the two lists. You should complete a quick search online for the foods and ingredients that must be avoided while on a gluten-free diet. The most common foods to stay away from are grains (wheat, barley, rye, etc) and mostly breaded foods.

There are still a lot of foods that you can eat. Some examples of this would be roasted meats, basic vegetables, rice, and fruits. You may also be able to consume oats but this varies by person as some people are affected by them. You can also eat some types of bread but they must be gluten-free. These would have alternative ingredients. For example, you could eat rice bread or potato bread while on a gluten-free diet.

There are many different foods and meals that you can eat even if you have a strong gluten intolerance. It is just important that you make sure you do not consume any high gluten foods. Consuming any low gluten foods can be harmful on your health but it can go unnoticed. What is more important is that you are aware of the condition and do not live a life consuming a lot of gluten if you suffer from celiac disease.

If celiac disease goes without treatment for long enough then the symptoms of the condition could become much more serious. If you have any questions about the condition and what exactly you can have in a gluten intolerance diet then you should visit with your doctor to get some more information on the subject.

Last updated on Mar 23rd, 2011 and filed under Healthy Eating. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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