Understanding Gluten Intolerance

Have you ever thought in your nightmare that your main diet like chapati, wheat bread can cause harm to you?  The answer is “Yes.” Gluten intolerance is fairly a common problem. It is immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, oat and rye. It’s been observed that more than 1 million […]

Have you ever thought in your nightmare that your main diet like chapati, wheat bread can cause harm to you?  The answer is “Yes.” Gluten intolerance is fairly a common problem. It is immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, oat and rye. It’s been observed that more than 1 million cases are found in India per year. There is no age bar. It can affect right from 6 month baby to adult. Celebrities such as Jessica Simpson, Novak Djokovic and Rachel Weisz  have gluten intolerance.

Gluten sensitivity is further classified into non celiac gluten sensitivity disease and celiac disease. The severe form of gluten sensitivity is celiac disease. The bottom line is that gluten sensitivity can affect processes in the body creating havoc to digestive system, skin, joints, bones, mouth, endocrine system and more. Celiac disease is well defined serious illness where the body’s immune system attacks itself when gluten is eaten. This causes damage to the lining of the gut and it means that the body cannot absorb nutrients from food. Celiac disease is not a food allergy or intolerance, it is an autoimmune disease. Non celiac disease is form of gluten intolerance, wherein there is no damage to the lining of the gut and no associated antibodies found. Simply it’s sensitivity to gluten, whenever you consume wheat, rye, barley or oats.

The most common symptoms of gluten intolerance are:

  • Anxiety
  • Belly pain
  • Bloating
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling unwell, include tiredness
  • Headache
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Numbness
  • Stomach pain

It is very important for one to get medical advice for these symptoms.

Common foods to avoid are:

  • Barley
  • Breads
  • Oats
  • Pasta
  • Rye
  • Seitan
  • Wheat

Plenty of other food can replace the menu like:

  • Beans
  • Chicken
  • Corn
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Legumes
  • Potatoes
  • Rice

Many other grains and foods are also gluten free which can be consumed without any fear:

  • Amaranth
  • Arrowroot
  • Buckwheat
  • Cassava
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Sorghum
  • Soy
  • Tapioca

Eating at restaurant or at any function can be particularly challenging when considering gluten intolerance, but this doesn’t mean you can’t ever dine out. One should be able to select gluten free diet and stick to the same type of menu which you have at home.  It is never too late to contact nutritionists and dieticians for proper planning of food regime.

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Radha K. Iyer is a contributing writer on Treatum Blog. When she is not writing, she can be found reading health and food blogs or experimenting with her culinary skills.

Disclaimer: The entire content of this article is for information purpose only and is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information. It is not a substitute for professional care and should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem and disease.

14 comments

  1. Muthusaran N

    Useful article ..

  2. Yasotha Selvaraj

    Very useful info… Helpful for everyone..

  3. Rohit Iyer

    Great article…learnt something new… Thanks

  4. Bharathihari

    Useful one

  5. Sudhan

    Healthy Article 😄😆

  6. Soundariya sinha

    Nice one..informative.. Good keep posting about these stuff..

  7. Karthik

    Nice topic

  8. Venkat

    Very informative & helpful

  9. Prabhu Das

    Nice…informative, helpful… good going Radha.
    Do continue writing.

  10. Ganesh Birajdar

    Interesting info

  11. Ajith. Joseph

    Never ever thought.. Good work..keep it up

  12. Seema Rahatekar

    Nice information for health conscious people. Keep it up.

  13. Rahul Iyer

    Nice…

  14. Prafulla

    Very good & informative article.

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