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Evade These Foods When Eating Gluten Free

If you have been diagnosed with Celiac disease then you know you must eat a gluten free diet. This disease, which prevents foods from being digested properly and causes damage to the small intestine, can be quite painful. The only way to prevent the symptoms from reoccurring is to eat only gluten free foods. Letís look at some of the foods to evade if you are placed on a gluten free diet.


Evade These Foods When Eating Gluten Free

1. Processed foods can be harmful. It may seem like a difficult task given the nature of many foods on the market; however, it is possible to find gluten-free foods. Most supermarkets will have a section dedicated specifically to gluten-free products. Many processed foods are produced in a plant where equipment is shared with products that contain gluten.

2. Evade most pasta and cereals. Any product that contains wheat, rye or barley should be avoided as well. These products all contain gluten which triggers celiac disease reactions. In addition, avoid any products that have been created using equipment that is shared with wheat products. All products that come into contact with shared equipment are required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be labeled when the possibility exists.

3. Flours include wheat grains which makes them a no-no for people on a gluten-free diet. Many types of items made with flour, such as bread, cake and donuts must be avoided as they contain gluten. Special items are available at bakeries for those with gluten allergies or intolerance.

If you like to bake your own bread or cakes, there are several gluten-free alternatives to use such as amaranth, millet or quinoa. Do your research and figure out which substitutes would have the best chance in your recipes. You can also search online for gluten-free recipes that can be made at home.

4. Snack foods, especially if seasoned, may contain gluten. When purchasing these products, be sure to check the label for any products containing gluten. While fried goods, meatloaf and meat balls may not contain gluten, they are typically breaded or held together with breadcrumbs which do contain wheat products. More often than not these are a food to evade.

The list of foods to avoid can be overwhelmingly extensive, especially if you have just been prescribed a gluten-free diet. However, there are many healthy alternatives to wheat, rye and barley products. Alternatives include grains such as amaranth, millet and buckwheat.

If you are diagnosed with Celiac disease your doctor may be able to provide you with all the information necessary to live a gluten free lifestyle. You will probably be referred to a dietitian who can help you with foods you need to evade. They may also be able to give you an extensive list of alternatives. Donít fret there are many ingredients as well as recipes available to help you live a gluten free life without having to evade all the foods you love.


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