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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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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Dining Out (Tip)

Dining Out

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. ...Read more

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Whats with this gluten craze?

Whats 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". ...Read more

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Living with Celiac Disease (Tip)

Living with Celiac Disease

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?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Living with Celiac Disease (Tip)

Living with Celiac Disease

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?

Which foods are free of gluten?

No gluten: All foods that do not contain cereal grains are safe. Therefore, corn, rice and potato are safe as most other foods. You can find gluten free foods at special sections of most grocery chains and health food stores. In general, breads, pasta, pizza and baked goods are out. Always look for "gluten free" on pakaged foods. ...Read more

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