With a number of celebrities promoting a gluten-free diet, it’s no surprise that it has become trendy to avoid this protein. It seems that this kind of diet has grown in popularity in the US especially as there are over three million people not eating gluten foods. However, you shouldn’t exclude gluten from your diet unless you are diagnosed with celiac disease or have a wheat allergy as this is not a healthy option for everyone.
If you’ve decided to follow a gluten-free diet even though you are not sensitive to this protein, you should be aware of the possible health risks that it carries. For those who are condemned to change their lifestyle due to medical reasons, here is some useful information about the symptoms that gluten can cause, gluten-free foods, and the alternatives that can be used.
As this protein is found in barley, wheat, rye, and oats, you, unfortunately, have to forget about bread, pasta, cereals, and similar types of food. Gluten can also be found in other food items, such as takeaway foods, soups, sauces, snacks, milkshakes, and beer. So, it’s very important to be very careful when shopping for groceries. This is especially true for people with celiac disease as gluten causes damage to their small intestine. Another gluten-related health issue is a gluten allergy, and people who are affected by this problem can experience a number of unpleasant symptoms, such as abdominal pain, bloating, and even headaches.
Following a strict gluten-free diet is not an easy task. That’s why the team from MedAlertHelp has prepared an infographic which provides a list of foods that should be avoided as well as food products that are safe for people with gluten-related disorders. There is even a list of food substitutes that are gluten-free.