Gluten is a protein found in many wheats and other grains, including spelt, kamut, rye, and barely. It provides elasticity to dough, helps it rise, and keeps its shape. It is what makes it “chewy” and is why breads and other gluten substances taste so good. In addition to the obvious sources of gluten, there are many other sources of gluten that you may not realize.
Hidden Sources of Gluten:
- Modified Food Starch
- Malt Extract
- Transglutaminase meat glue
- Transglutaminase meat tenderizer
- Gluten used in envelope glue
- Gluten used in shampoo and cosmetics
Potential Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods:
- Casein (milk protein)
What is a Gluten Sensitivity?
Gluten sensitivity is an immune response or reaction to gluten. A “food sensitivity” should not be confused with a food allergy. A food sensitivity uses an IgA, IgM, or IgG immune marker, does not fit in the category of allergy, and is not typically involving anaphylaxis. This is extremely important to understand because a sensitivity will not show up on a traditional allergy test using skin testing or IgE responses. Gluten sensitivity will cause an immune response that increases systemic inflammation and is now associated with many other health conditions.
What are the Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity?
- Do you have digestive issues?
- Chronic Insomnia?
- Brain Fog?
- Pain or Fibromyalgia?
Many people have these symptoms but don’t relate them to gluten sensitivity. Many traditional doctors often aren’t aware of this issue because it wasn’t taught in medical school. Food is a powerful thing and what we eat makes a huge difference in our quality of life!
Of course, most people don’t have celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine) but many do have an unknown intolerance or sensitivity to gluten.
I can help you figure out if it’s an issue, along with a few other culprits that take your energy and cause pain or brain fog! Once we figure this piece out, there is a right and a wrong way to eat gluten-free. I’ll help you learn step-by-step the right way and delicious way to eat gluten-free, so you won’t develop other issues like diabetes!
Since I have been eating this way for 10 years now, I have it down, and can also help you learn which are the best products, taste-wise and health-wise, to purchase in the grocery store. I am a valuable resource for those wanting to eat and cook healthy and love what they are eating for their best life ever!
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Other Gluten-Free Resources
Gluten Free Living Book – My book about gluten and gluten-free living with delicious recipes
Gluten Free Cookies & More – Have delicious and good for you gluten-free cookies delivered to your door!