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Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. People with celiac disease must stick to a gluten-free diet, avoiding all gluten-containing foods. Celiac disease is a condition in which the immune system attacks the small intestine and damages it when gluten is present. This damage can make it more difficult to absorb nutrients from food, potentially leading to malnutrition. Even a tiny amount of gluten can produce intestinal damage and symptoms like stomach upset, rash, fatigue, and joint pain. People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity?symptoms similar to those of celiac disease, but that don?t involve inflammation in the intestines?will need to limit or stay away from gluten-containing foods, too.

Eating a gluten-free diet doesn?t have to be impossibly strict or hard to follow. People can still eat a well-balanced menu of foods. Fruits, vegetables, fish, rice, and unprocessed meats can all be included in a gluten-free diet. Even some foods that traditionally include grains aren?t off-limits. Many breads, pasta, and cookies made with alternative grains like bean flour, amaranth, corn flour, and millet are available. A gluten-free diet can incorporate other types of grains, too, including arrowroot, beans, buckwheat, flax, millet, nut flours, potato, quinoa, rice, sorghum, soy, and tapioca.

To stick with a gluten-free diet, people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity need to stay alert for gluten in all its forms. Reading food labels and asking questions when ordering in restaurants can prevent symptoms, as well as further intestinal damage. Many packaged products are labeled ?gluten-free.? The FDA requires that these foods contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten.

It?s important for people with celiac disease to also be vigilant about foods that might not seem like obvious sources of gluten. These include salad dressings, medications, beer, communion wafers, soups, marinades, imitation bacon and seafood, processed lunch meats, soy sauce, and thickeners.

Identifying Whole Grains

Identifying Whole Grains

Most health experts agree that prioritizing whole grains is a key element of a healthy dietary pattern. Aim for at least three servings of whole grains each day. One serving of whole grains is equivalent to 16 grams (a little more than half an ounce). While it’s easy to see

Is Hummus Healthy?

Is Hummus Healthy?

If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine, you’re probably already familiar with the creamy deliciousness that is hummus. And even if you aren’t familiar with those cuisines, you’ve probably seen it served at parties or in restaurants and were somewhat curious about how it tastes and what

Gluten-Free Baking: The Essence of the Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten-Free Baking: The Essence of the Gluten-Free Diet

Mike and Mary are young marrieds who share more than a household. Mike has celiac disease and Mary has both gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance.

But they have more in common than just an aversion to gluten and their gluten-free diet regimen.

“We absolutely crave bread,” says Mary from her prim domicile

What Has Gluten in It? 12 Surprising Food Sources

What Has Gluten in It? 12 Surprising Food Sources

A protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, gluten comes in many guises. It can be a filler, a binder, a thickener, and even a protein enhancer. So what has gluten in it? Some answers might catch you off guard. Did you know, for example, that soup, sushi, ice cream, and

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Is Rice Gluten-Free?

Is Rice Gluten-Free?

Rice is a popular grain that is ubiquitous in the gluten-free diet. And rice flour, both white and brown, is a standard ingredient in most commercial gluten-free baked goods and flour blends. That’s good to know if you have gluten intolerance symptoms. So if you’re asking yourself, “Is rice gluten-free?”—the answer is an

8. Diseases and Disorders of the Small Intestine

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9. Diseases and Disorders of the Colon

After the small intestine, digested food moves through the six-foot-long large intestine (also known as the colon) where water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed. The remaining solid waste then travels from the colon into the rectum as stool. It is in the colon where people suffer from many of

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