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Gluten (Overview)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in food, supplements, drinks, etc.


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What is gluten?

What is gluten?

A wheat protein: Gluten is medically relevant because some people are allergic or intolerant of it, as in dermatitis herpetiformis, celiac disease, or non-autoimmune gluten sensitivity. Gluten-free diets have become popular as a panacea despite lack of data. Foods containing gluten include many breads (wheat) but it is also added to imitation meats, beer, soy sauces, ice creams and other foods as stabilizers.

Gluten (Overview)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in food, supplements, drinks, etc.


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What exactly is gluten?

What exactly is gluten?

Protein in grains.: Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat, barley, & rye. Worldwide, gluten is a source of protein, & is often used as an additive to foods low in protein. Celiac disease, is an allergy-like sensitivity to gluten, & patients must avoid gluten or suffer the effects. Currently, it is fashionable to choose 'gluten-free' foods, even without celiac disease, but the benefits are questionable.

Dr. Daniel Kessler Dr. Kessler
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Gluten (Tip)

Most establishments now offer gluten free entrées. ...See more

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Which grains contain gluten?

Which grains contain gluten?

Gluten grains: Include wheat, spelt, rye and barley. However, there are other grains and food that are considered gluten-free but might need to be avoided in patients who are celiac or gluten intolerant due to the possibility of cross-reactivity. These foods include: dairy, chocolate, sesame, hemp, buckwheat, egg, soy, sorghum, corn, millet, amaranth, quinoa, yeast, tapioca, teff, oats, coffee, rice. Read:grain brain.

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What's with this gluten craze?

What's with this gluten craze?

Latest in a series: Celiac sprue is a true allergy to the proteins in grains: wheat, rye, barley, spelt, triticale (maybe oats). Genetic, autoimmune, causes a variety of gut (bloat, gas, loose stool, pain), and other symptoms; uncommon, not rare. Rx if truly have it-lifelong exclusion. Can decrease gas, bloat, loose stool if cut out grains-maybe due to carbs cut out, not gluten.Get tested. Latest "nutrient of month".

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Gluten (Tip)

Many large food stores (e.g. Trader joe's, whole foods) carry a full stock of gluten-free products. ...See more

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How can gluten affect vision?

How can gluten affect vision?

People with Celiac: Disease react to gluten. While celiac disease does not directly affect the retina, ocular complications may occur as a secondary effect. Malabsorption of vitamins a and e may result in a pigmentary retinal degeneration. Some of the secondary complications are from associated conditions (i.e. Diabetes) leading to retinopathy and macular edema.

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Can you please explain gluten?

Can you please explain gluten?

A grain protein: Gluten is one of the components of many grains just like the egg yolk is a part of the egg. This protein turns out to be toxic to a small number of genetically predisposed people causing damages to their small intestines.

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Gluten (Tip)

Avoiding wheat is much easier than it used to be. Many health food stores have gluten-free foods. ...See more

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Which foods are free of gluten?

If no gluten protein: Gluten-free means the food or drink does not contain gluten, a protein found in such grains as wheat, rye, and barley (including malted barley). Grains that do not contain gluten include corn, rice, millet, quinoa, sorghum, & buckwheat. Oats & oatmeal don't have the gluten protein, but have another protein that some celiac disease patients react to, while other celiac patients may not react with.

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What kinds of foods have gluten?

What kinds of foods have gluten?

Grains: Gluten is found in grains, especially wheat, rye and barley. It is not found in corn, potato, or rice. Flour of corn, potato or rice are gluten free. Gluten may be added to foods in the form of soy sauce, and other malt flavorings (made from barley) and many other disguises which I cant all list here. It even is found in medications as fillers and in lipstick.

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Gluten (Tip)

At most restaurants, you may request food be made steamed, no oil, gluten free, vegan, etc... ...See more

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Does dark chocolate have gluten?

Does dark chocolate have gluten?

Some do: From Some chocolate bars are almost gluten-free, while others have no gluten ingredients but might be processed on equipment that also processes foods that contain gluten. And some chocolate bars will contain gluten ingredients themselves. For a list of manufactures of gluten free chocolate see:http://abt. Cm/1rluuWZ

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What types of foods contain gluten?

Wheat, rye, barley: Wheat, rye, barley, and conventional oats contain gluten. Some hidden sources of gluten may be pizza, dressings, seasoning, spices, muffins, baked goods, gravy, pasta, bread and bread crumbs, waffles, semolina, soups and some potato chips.

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Which grains do not contain gluten?

Many: There are an abundance of flours that do not contain gluten. Rice, Tapioca, Garbonzo bean flour, Sourgham, corn, potato, oatmeal has some - depends on the individual on tolerance, flax, and several more. Try sprouts / whole foods / most major grocery stores.

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How to tell if I am gluten intolerant?

How to tell if I am gluten intolerant?

Maldigestion..: Gluten intolerance is the diagnosis given when you experience symptoms of maldigestion after ingestion of gluten containing foods. Maldigestive symptoms include gas, bloating, floating stools and diarrhea. Symptoms of gluten intolerance overlap with those of celiac disease, but patients with gluten intolerance don't have negative celiac serology and normal villi cells in the intestine.

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How do I outgrow my gluten secetivety?

How do I outgrow my gluten secetivety?

Gluten Sensitivity: People do not outgrow a sensitivity to gluten. I am assuming your gluten sensitivity is related to an immune response to gluten. Once your immune system recognizes gluten as an antigen (an enemy), then the messenger B cells of your immune system will always react to gluten.

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How do I know if I am gluten intolerant?

How do I know if I am gluten intolerant?

Blood vs skin test: You can blood tests (RAST, others) to measure sensitivity to gluten, or you can have a skin test to multiple sources of allergy

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How do you know you are gluten intolerant?

How do you know you are gluten intolerant?

Gluten Intolerant: One easy way to tell if you are intolerant to gluten is to completely eliminate gluten for one month and then reintroduce it. If you have symptoms when you reintroduce it, then you are intolerant. There are some labs you could have to see if you have an immune response to gluten. It really depends on why you want to see if you are "intolerant".

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How can you get gluten out of your system?

Don't eat it: The big question is, why are you avoiding it? Celiac disease is a serious problem, and supposedly underdiagnosed in the us. But, if you don't have celiac disease, you do not need to avoid gluten. There's no added health benefit, other than less calories in less starch.