What is Gluten Anyway

Gluten – a substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. A mixture of two proteins, it causes illness in people with celiac disease.

Gluten is what gives donuts, bread and grains their chewy satisfying texture. But myself and many others have an allergy to this substance. I have had a gluten allergy for about 4 years now. I’m a lover of bread, donuts and sugar; who isn’t but I’m not a fan of stomach aches, overnight stays in the hospital and taking pills.

Top Items that contain Gluten

  • Wheat
  • Spelt
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Beer
  • Cakes

Side affects / signs of Gluten allergy

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Tiredness
  • Bloating
  • Depression
  • IBS

Yes gluten can make you depressed, so what do we do about it, stop eating? We won’t go the extreme of not eating but we will do some research.

So let’s go to Whole Foods or Wal-Mart and see what they have down the gluten-free isle. But I was immediately stopped as I looked at the labels. Watch what you pick up. Though gluten is bad for those who have the allergy, the problem with many gluten free products is the adding of sugar.

Reading the labels on products before purchasing them is very important. Pay attention to the important things like sugar, sodium, carbs, and protein. Remember regardless of your goal to lose or gain weight; what you put into body matters.

Items such as Corn, Rice, Quinoa & Flaxseed naturally have no gluten. Here are a few other items that are gluten free. Try replacing your normal snack with one from the list:

  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Avocado
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Baby Romain
  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Fruits and veggies
  • Nuts
  • Fats like oils and butters

Author: The Healn’ Experience

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou

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