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3 Popular Foods to Avoid if You’re Gluten Sensitive
photo of different types of licorice

Making sure candy is gluten-free can be a challenge. For example, most licorice is made with wheat flour as a binding agent. Amazon and both carry gluten-free licorices.

May is Celiac Awareness Month

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which the small intestine becomes damaged whenever gluten-containing foods are consumed. This disease can be very serious, and in addition to the inability to absorb the necessary vitamins and minerals due to villi damage, celiac disease can cause many, sometimes-debilitating symptoms. These symptoms include: bloating, gas, nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, skin rashes, various reactions after eating, fatigue, and more. If a person suspects celiac disease, it is very important to receive a proper diagnosis. GI North is a great practice in which to undergo the necessary testing in order to be diagnosed.

Alternately, some individuals will undergo testing for celiac disease, only to be told that the results are negative. In such cases, an individual can simply suffer from a gluten sensitivity. Individuals suffering from gluten sensitivity can often have the same symptoms as an actual celiac. Whether a person has celiac disease or merely a sensitivity, it is important to refrain from consuming gluten-containing foods. Here is a list of frequently-consumed foods that should be avoided, as well as possible alternatives:

Salad dressing – there are many gluten free salad dressings on the market, and if any salad dressing doesn’t specifically say “gluten free,” it should be avoided. Many people enjoy making their own. To learn more about gluten-free salad dressings, click here.

Candy/sweets – many people enjoy satisfying their sweet tooth, and those who find gluten to be problematic are no different. Those on gluten free diets can enjoy eating their candy and other sweets, but special attention needs to be paid to the ingredients. It can’t just be assumed that a product does not contain gluten, and, its best to contact the manufacturer or choose another kind. For a list for gluten-free candy, click here. Gluten-free bakeries are starting to become more common in the Metro Atlanta area. Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery, which was named one of the best Gluten Free Bakeries in America by Delight Gluten Free Magazine, has two locations and also offers shipping.

Potato chips – for gluten sensitive individuals, again, reading labels is very important. Plain potato chips are almost always safe, but if a little bit of pizzazz is desired, then simply exploring the different brands and all their ingredients until an acceptable chip is found, is recommended. For a list of gluten-free potato chips, click here.

It doesn’t matter if a person has been diagnosed with celiac disease or merely has a gluten sensitivity, feeling better depends on strict adherence to a gluten-free diet. The first step to wellness after realizing that gluten is an issue is to see Dr. Simon Cofrancesco at GI North, or at a practice that is convenient to where you live. If celiac disease is diagnosed, then it is important to strictly avoid gluten for life. For those with gluten sensitivities, it may not necessarily be permanent. It is possible to live a normal, happy life while restricting gluten, as long as the advice of a doctor/nutritionist is closely followed.

To learn more about Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease, check out the website for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.

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