More and more of society has discovered a sensitivity to food containing gluten. Although gluten intolerance is not the same as wheat intolerance, both bring similar discomfort, but with adjusting your diet, can be avoided. Avoiding gluten is not as difficult as we would initially believe. A bit of homework on how gluten intolerance presents itself can be enlightening and lead you down the path of a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.

What is Gluten Intolerance?

There are three main categories of Gluten Intolerance:

  1. Celiac Disease
  2. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
  3. Wheat Allergy Symptoms
Celiac Disease - Gluten contains a high source of protein. But, gluten also can trigger your immune system to release antibodies that can eat away at the villi (small hairs) that cover the inner wall of your itenstines. Over time, these hair can be slowly destroyed by the over-acting antibodies.

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity - Also known simply as NCGS, this form of gluten intolerance can be more difficult to diagnose. Blood tests do not always reveal this particular form and a gluten-free diet is many times the only recourse. Basically, patients with Celiac Disease are often promoted to this category only after a gluten-free diet has been established and tested.

Wheat Allergy Symptoms - Again, gluten intolerance and wheat allergy symptoms basically differ, but many refer to this as gluten allergy. This is an allergic reaction much like an allergy to nuts or a histamine reaction such as that associated with ragweed. Many types of reactions have been recorded for various patients such as hives, rashes or stomach pains.

gluten intoleranceGluten-Free Foods

Knowing your body and how it reacts to gluten is, of course, the first step. But, once discovered, avoiding foods contain gluten or simply replacing gluten ingredients in your cooking can vastly assist in regaining a healthy and high quality of life. Below is a list of gluten-free ingredients to help you prepare healthy dishes and create eat a variety of foods confidently:
  • Bean Flour
  • Brown Rice Flour
  • Corn Flour
  • Soy Flour
  • Xanthum Gum
  • Guar Gum
  • Pre-gel Starch
Discuss the use of these foods with a nutritionist and, of course, see your doctor frequently to help assess your gluten intolerance levels. Although difficult to pinpoint at first, gluten sensitivity can be relatively alleviated and you will soon return to your normal lifestyle with confidence.