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Gluten Free Lifestyle

Updated on September 9, 2012
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What is a Gluten-Free Diet?

Well simply it is a diet that does not contain a consumption of gluten. Gluten is a protein found in foods such as breads and pastas. It is used as a food additive and is used to stabilize and thicken a food product such as bread, pasta and even ice cream. Many celebrities are living gluten free as a result to lose weight.

Not only is gluten found in food products but you will also find it used in cosmetics such as lip balms, lip gloss, lipstick and you will even find it used in glue found on envelopes. Some products that are said to contain “no gluten”, such as oats, can still be contaminated during the manufacturing process. It is best to read the labels on foods or contact the manufacturer if in doubt of the gluten content a product may contain.

Why Live a Gluten-Free Lifestyle?

One of the most common diseases that can occur from the consumption of gluten is Celiac disease. Celiac disease is an inherited disease that occurs in the intestines that is triggered by gluten consumption. This disease can lead to difficulty absorbing nutrients from food as well as related issues including migraine headaches, skin conditions and anemia. Celiac disease can occur to people of all ages and a person with Celiac disease must follow a gluten-free diet

Gluten Alternatives in Baking

When baking in the kitchen with gluten, the gluten produces a binding effect that helps keep the contents of your baking together. There are many binding alternatives on the market similar to gluten such as xanthan gum, guar gum and locust bean gum. Most gums have a similar effect in baking as gluten however people allergic to corn wheat or soy may need to find an appropriate substitute when using xanthan gum as the gum may still contain traces during the manufacturing process.

If you are new to a gluten-free diet then you may find it difficult to make the switch. It is important to make sure not to consume foods that contain gluten or any cross-contaminated foods. Food to avoid will most likely include wheat, rye and barley. The diet may seem restricting at first but do not worry as there are many great gluten-free products available on the market.

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