Celiac and Gluten Awareness: Getting Up to Speed

Over the past few years, there’s been tons of buzz about gluten sensitivity and related conditions. If you’re not already in-the-know about this spectrum of disorders, now’s your chance to get up to speed! Read on to learn more.

Celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy are all types of immune-related conditions that involve bodily reactions to wheat and gluten.
What is gluten?

Gluten is an umbrella term for a family of proteins found in foods like breads, pasta, cereal, and more. Many people do not have any negative reactions to gluten. For others, it can cause a host of symptoms, including diarrhea and stomach pain. Once believed to be relatively rare, it’s now thought that gluten-related disorders affect nearly 5% of the population. There are many reasons for the rise in gluten-related disorders, but the basic triad includes a genetic susceptibility, environmental triggers, and gut abnormalities. Additionally, with greater awareness of gluten-related conditions, more and more people have been able to seek help and get diagnosed. At the same time, celiac and associated disorders can be difficult for doctors to diagnose, since the symptoms are often very general and non-specific. If you suspect you may have a gluten-related illness, it’s vital to tell your healthcare provider and get help. He or she may perform a lab test for celiac antibodies just to be sure.

Living with gluten sensitivity

The best thing to do is to avoid foods that contain wheat and gluten. These may include grains such as wheat, spelt, rye, barley and tricale. Keep in mind that gluten can also be found in all other sorts of processed foods. The only way to know for sure is to check ingredient lists, and look for a “certified gluten-free” label. Foodallergy.org lists many foods that unexpectedly contain gluten, such as soy sauce.

If all your favorite foods contain gluten, don’t fret. There are plenty of delicious, healthy foods that DON’T.

  • Fresh lean meats
  • Fish and seafood
  • Eggs: Pastured/Omega-3 enriched eggs are best.
  • Dairy
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Potatoes
  • Healthy fats: Extra virgin, expeller/cold pressed olive and coconut oil, avocado oil
    Pure herbs and spices: Avoid seasoning blends
  • Gluten-free grains: quinoa, rice, corn, flax, millet, sorghum, tapioca, buckwheat, arrowroot, amaranth, as well as oats (if labelled gluten-free).

– True Health Clinical Health Consultant Tammy Gallow RN, RD

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