“After I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I said yes to food, with great enthusiasm. . . . I vowed to taste everything I could eat, rather than focusing on what I could not.”
~ Shauna James Ahern
Celiac Disease… Gluten Intolerance…. Gluten Sensitivity… These have often been called “fad diets” and have recently become very trendy, but to those who actually suffer from a gluten allergy, there is nothing fashionable about this issue.
Most medical and dietary professionals actually say that, unless you have been diagnosed with a gluten allergy, you should not try to go gluten free because you could be missing out on many valuable nutrients that are found in whole grains. On top of that, it really is very difficult and expensive to take on a gluten free diet. Most people assume that to avoid gluten, you just have to stay away from bread and pasta, when in all actuality, there is far more to it then that. Gluten can be found, not only in breads, pastas, and crackers, but also in personal care items such as shampoos and lotions. It can also be found in medications and vitamins. Most processed foods (which you should stay away from anyway because they don’t make your body very happy) including, but not limited to, seasoning mixes, boxed potato or vegetable dishes, and canned soups also contain gluten because it is an easy and cheap filler ingredient. The list goes on…..
If you think you may have a gluten allergy, you should consult your healthcare provider. There are around 300 symptoms for Celiacs disease (some people never show any symptoms at all), making this a very difficult disease to diagnose on your own. In the meantime, pay attention to what you’re eating and read your product labels! For more information and a list of symptoms, check out the Celiac Disease Foundation.
Check back in next week for a list of gluten free replacements and a Celiac friendly recipe!
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