Gluten is a protein found in wheat which can cause a number of food allergies. Those with a gluten intolerance react to one or more of the proteins found in wheat products. The more common symptoms are difficulties with gastrointestinal issues. This can also act much like acid reflux. People who suffer with a condition called, GERD often find relief from their symptoms when they omit gluten from their diet.
Gluten is also found in products made with wheat including processed white flour, wheat bran, wheat germ, and sprouted wheat. Oats may also cause problems for those who are glutan intolerant. Foods made with rye, barley, and fermented alcohol from these type of grains should also be avoided since these can cause a great deal of difficulties for those who are intolerant to glutan. Processed meats such as bologna, sausages, salami, hot dogs, liverwurst, and cold cuts are also best eliminated from the diet as these cause a whole host of problems for anyone allergic to glutan.
There are a number of seasonings and condiments that can cause symptoms such as pepper, mayonnaise, MSG, artifical and natural flavorings and preservatives, processed sauces and canned soups. Salad drssing, malt products, candy, chocolate, ice cream, and malted milk is best if they are left out of a gluten-free diet.
Coeliac disease is often related to being glutan intolerant. The gluten causes damage to the lining of the small intestine when a person is allergic to gluten products. Diarrhea, weight loss and malnutrition are common symptoms with coeliac disease. Rice, corn, and potatoes are good food choices for anyone who is glutan intolerant or who has coeliac disease. Fruits, vegetables, unprocessed meats and fish are also good choices to include in the diet.
People with diabetes, thyroid conditions, and epilepsy are often found to be glutan intolerant and in many cases suffer from coeliac disease. There are certain blood tests your physician can order to better determine if you suffer from this particular condition.