The Dangers of Gluten

The Dangers of Gluten

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The Dangers of Gluten

 

Before we tackle the dangers of gluten, we first need a clear understanding of what gluten is.

Gluten is the generalized term of the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It acts as glue by maintaining the shape of food and holding it together.(1)

 

Gluten is most commonly found in:

  • bread
  • baked goods {cookies, cakes, muffins, cupcakes, etc.}
  • pastries
  • pizza crust
  • bagels
  • soups
  • pasta
  • cereals
  • sauces (ketchup, mustard, BBQ}
  • salad dressings
  • roux
  • gravy
  • food coloring
  • beer
  • malt

The Dangers of Gluten

The truth is, humans are not engineered to digest gluten.

When gluten {also known as gliadin} goes undigested, it triggers an inflammatory response in your gut that spreads throughout your body. (2)

When you consume too much gluten {as, the USDA recommends 6-11 servings of grain per day} you are at risk of many debilitating symptoms.

 

Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance: (3)

Digestive issues; including but not limited too: diarrhea, vomiting, bloating, gas and sometimes constipation.

Keratosis Pilaris ‘Chicken Skin’

Migraine/Headaches

Fatigue

Depression

Anxiety

Hormone Imbalances

Neurologic symptoms

Inflammation

Eczema

 

It is estimated that 1-4 individuals have a gluten intolerance.

Gluten intolerance is a broad term that can refer to celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity or a wheat allergy. These are all immune responses triggered by eating gluten.

Surprisingly, genetics play a significant role in gluten intolerance. If you have a family member with a gluten intolerance, you are more than likely to develop it as well. Children can experience symptoms as soon as they eat gluten, while others can develop symptoms later in life. (4)

It is still undetermined what causes the gene to present itself later in adulthood but the likely cause according to The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is severe trauma, illness, pregnancy, and stress in individuals that carry the gene.

 

Treatment

The most natural and only treatment for individuals suffering from a gluten intolerance is a strict gluten-free diet. {Always seek medical advice before switching to a gluten-free diet}

 

{Find gluten-free recipes here}

 

Do you suffer from a gluten intolerance? How have you learned to cope? Comment below!

 

-Angela

 

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