Many individuals are cutting gluten out of their diets. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, rye and barley. Many celebs have done this diet, including Miley Cyrus.
But many do not realize that having a gluten free diet is more than just eliminating breads from the diet as gluten can be found in a variety of products, including salad dressings, soups, herbal teas and more.
Many how have Celiac disease follow a gluten free diet. When person with this disease do eat gluten, antibodies are formed, which will attack the lining of the intestine and cause cancer, malnourishment, anemia, and osteoporosis.
It is suggested that 1.8 million Americans suffer from this disease, but only 1.4 million know about it. Symptoms of Celiac disease, or CD, include stomach pain, bloating, weight loss, vomitting, diarrhea, gas, nausea, and bloody stools.
Long term symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, itchy skin, and hair loss, as well as bruising easily.
Do note that gluten free foods tend to be lower in B vitamins, iron, fiber, magnesium, zinc and calcium, so if you are following this diet, you will want to make sure that these vitamins and minerals are being replaced with other sources, as they will help to eliminate the likelihood of cancers and other diseases.
Foods to avoid that are full of gluten include: wheat, barley, rye, bulgur, farina, spelt, semolina, kamut, graham flour, and durum flour.
Foods that are allowed on the gluten diet include beans, fresh eggs, nuts, fresh meats, fish, corn and cornmeal, flax, millet, hominy, fruits and vegetables, most dairy products and rice.
Foods that should only be consumed if the lablel says they are gluten free include beer, cakes and cookies, breads, salad dressings, soy sauces, soups and soup bases, seasoned rice mixes, candies, cereals, vitamins, pastas, Matzo,croutons, gravies, French fries, and imitation meats.