What is Gluten?
Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (durum, emmer, spelt, farina, farro, kamut wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected. It may cause a range of side effects for those intolerant to digesting gluten, such a Celiac Disease.
What are the symptoms of gluten intolerance?
Gluten intolerance can be seen in people of all ages, genders and ethnicity. Symptoms will vary from person to person. Some would describe their immediate symptoms as feeling bloated and gassy; fatigued, diarrhea, constipation, and/or abdominal cramping. However, some intolerance can not be immediately detected and manifest in short to long term symptoms such as an impaired immune system, depression, mouth sores, and autoimmune diseases. Please consult your doctor for more information or if you suspect you have gluten intolerances or Celiac Disease.
How can one maintain a gluten free diet?
A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes foods containing gluten.It is the only medically accepted treatment for Celiac disease. Glutena makes it easy for families and individuals to enjoy their favorite foods and everyday life by providing delicious gluten free products.
We know the choices and fears families and individuals face when dealing with gluten intolerances and Celiac disease. We hope the following links might help shed some insight into the how’s and why’s of gluten and it’s effects.