What is gluten anyway?
Gluten is a mixture of protein fragments that is found in many grains such as wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats (oats alone do not contain gluten but are sometimes contaminated with small amounts).
Am I gluten intolerant?
Research shows that gluten sensitivity in some form, including celiac disease and mild gluten intolerance, affects approximately 15% of the U.S. population. So what are the specific symptoms of gluten intolerance and celiac disease?
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption (e.g. low iron levels)
- Gastro-intestinal problems (e.g. bloating, pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea)
- Fat in the stools (due to poor digestion)
- Aching joints
- Irritability and behavioral changes
- Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
- Cramps, tingling and numbness
- Slow infant and child growth
- Decline in dental health
What can I eat?
There are many easy to find grains on the market today that do not contain gluten. Options include:
- Wild or brown rice
Nature's Earthly Choice™ gluten-free product
(Please note all products are produced in facilities that are not dedicated gluten-free but are awaiting FDA regulation)
- Black Rice
- 3 Continent Blend
- Smoked Basmati Blend
- Wild Rice
Whole grains that are NOT gluten-free
- Wheat Berries
- Easy Farro