Gluten-Free Diet: Why And How?

Introduction And Background
Gluten is a protein that is found in many foods. And of course, you know what gluten-free would mean. It means a diet which is free from any gluten. It does not mean that it is free from any protein altogether but that only gluten would not be present. Gluten-free diets are becoming pretty common nowadays but why is that so? This article will tackle the why’s and how’s of gluten-free diet as well as provide an insight into food which have gluten so that if you want to follow it or are on it, it will become a little easier for you.

Why A Gluten-Free Diet?
A gluten-free diet is used to combat celiac disease. What is celiac disease you ask? It is a condition in which the small intestine is extremely sensitive to gluten, so much so that food cannot be easily digested. For people who have celiac disease, they have to maintain a gluten-free diet to fight off celiac disease so that conditions do not worsen and signs and symptoms of the disease do not show. This is the major reason as to why people follow this diet. Some might also be allergic to this protein but in most cases, it is this disease that is the reason behind it.

How To Follow A Gluten-Free Diet?
Suddenly following a pattern in eating can be hard, especially if you have never done so before. With a gluten-free diet, you have to stay away from various foods, some being a daily part of your life! You have to be extra careful as to not take in any sort of gluten and it can actually help a lot if you have a list lying around of foods in the house which do contain gluten. However, you need to tell everyone around you about your diet, this is not something you can hide since it is a risk to your health. Hence, how does one follow a gluten-free diet? Well, firstly, you have to know about the foods which have gluten. Then you must ensure that the foods are not included in the list of things that you want to eat. After that, it would be nicer to tell the people around you as well so that you do not accidentally intake something that has gluten in it. It is as simple as that.

Foods That Contain Gluten
Well, the list is not that short and you’ll have to be extra careful with the carbs products that are present in the house. Here is a list of foods that contain gluten that you must avoid if you are on a gluten-free diet.

  • Wheat and barley contains gluten. Unless you get it from the market which specifically has ‘gluten free’ written on it, you should avoid it.
  • Flour and bread has gluten too so best to avoid it.
  • Cakes and wafers and stuff like this also has a known gluten content which cannot be overlooked.
  • Normal foods such as soup and fries and even salad dressings have gluten. You really have to be extra careful about your diet. It is one of the biggest drawbacks of having to be on a gluten-free diet. It is tough than most diets because you really have to know your foods in order to eat properly and without being afraid.
  • Some medications such as vitamin and mineral supplements also have gluten as an ingredient. If buying such items, it is best to first check the ingredients to find out whether the protein is present or not. Eighty percent of the time you will see gluten but you’ll have to search for a brand which does not contain gluten.
  • Cereals are also rich in gluten. You need to buy them very carefully and through proper research otherwise you’d be in trouble.
  • Cookies also have gluten in them. Basically, you need to check carefully every boxed item you buy from the shop because gluten is present in a lot of things. Gluten-free items are generally highlighted and it is written very evidently on the box.

Foods You Can Have…
There are some foods which you can have easily without a care, knowing that gluten is not and will not be present in them.

  • You can easily eat fruits and vegetables because they are naturally free of gluten.
  • Fish, seafood and meat are also in the top list.
  • Dairy products also do not have any gluten.
  • Eggs, rice and oats are also foods which you can have freely.

Conclusion
Gluten-free diets can be tough because gluten is present in a lot of items. You really have to know your foods and the research has to be top notch. Nonetheless, do not take it as a job. Just be aware of the food you are eating and with internet in your hands, you can easily search up whether the food you are about to eat has gluten in it or not!