Gluten, the Silent Killer?

Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye. Beware it’s in a lot of products you may or not be aware of, thus the beware.

The most popular form of gluten is  dried and milled to a powder and added to different types of dough that rise and gives the characteristic of chewiness. It’s also found in soy sauce, and this whole time you thought salt was the culprate!

You will find gluten in the following everyday foods:

  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Muffins
  • Pastries
  • Cereal
  • Crackers

Vegetarians that eat artificial meats beware, wheat gluten is the basis for artificial beef, chicken, pork and fish that is cooked into the broth. Beer drinkers, your not off the hook either, gluten is often present in you suds too!

Celiac Disease

Experts say about 1% of Americans have celiac disease. Celiac disease is caused by an immune abnormal response to gluten that can prevent important nutrients from being absorbed and can damage the lining of the small intestine. This disease is hereditary with a 1 in 10 chance risk of a relative getting or having it.

Celaic disease is serious. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, serious health problems include the development of other autoimmune disorders like Type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis (MS), dermatitis herpetiformis (an itchy skin rash), anemia, osteoporosis, infertility and miscarriage, neurological conditions like epilepsy and migraines, short stature, and intestinal cancers.

And according to the Celiac Disease Foundation celiac symptoms and conditions checklist,

“Diagnosis of celiac disease requires a celiac disease panel blood test and an endoscopic biopsy of your small intestine. You MUST be eating gluten in order for the celiac disease panel test to be accurate as it measures your body’s reaction to gluten. A proper diagnosis can only be made by a physician.”

Gluten, the Social Epidemic

Have you ever had an upset tummy, feel a little different after eating a snack cake, scone or a delicious reuben sandwich? You may think you are gluten intolerant but if you haven’t gone to a trained medical physician, chances are you may just be sensitive or worse,  fad follower. Before you give up all gluten packed products to lead a healthier lifestyle, see how certain foods stack up.

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Conclusion

Eating grains is healthy, don’t sacrifice your health over a pricier alternative/fad.

If you really think you need gluten free products to get away from discomfort, see a doctor. There could be something else going on like lactose intolerance and take it from me it sucks!

If you have celaic disease give Gluten Free Voodoo Nuts a try and snack without the discomfort!