Gluten Free

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Although it has become somewhat "trendy" in certain circles to follow a gluten free diet, it is not actually necessary for anyone but those suffering from celiac disease. Celiac disease is not something that you would diagnose for yourself. The symptoms of diarrhea, bloating, anemia, mouth ulcers and indigestion are all symptoms shared by other diseases.

If you are not a celiac sufferer but you're following a gluten free diet, you may be making life unnecessarily difficult for yourself. If you suspect celiac disease, your physician will order a small bowel biopsy, as this is the only way of diagnosing the disease for sure. If it turns out that you do have it, you will need to follow a gluten free diet strictly, for life.

A Gluten Free Diet

This will involve avoiding most ordinary grains such as wheat, rice and so on. But you can get gluten free versions of most of the foods that we eat normally on a daily basis. Although your special celiac diet will probably cost a little more, and involve a little more effort while shopping, you can manage to eat normally if you go about it the right way.

You will need to take special care when buying process and canned foods, as sometimes these will contain additives that contain gluten, even if the foods themselves don't. Take canned fruit, for example. Sometimes the syrup has thickeners containing gluten added. It will be a necessity to spend time reading labels thoroughly on your gluten free diet.

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