What is gluten and how it affects us

Many people have heard of gluten and know that some people have to avoid it. But what is gluten, what are its effects on the body, and why do some people need to avoid it? Here is all the information you need to know about gluten.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and other grains. It is used as a stabilizing agent and thickener in many processed foods, including most breads and pastries.

Gluten is not only found in whole grain products, it is also present in a variety of other foods, additives and medications. Some examples of foods that contain gluten are:

– Sauces

– Soups

– Soy sauces

– Desserts

– Hamburger meat

– Vitamins

– Medications

Why should some people avoid gluten?

Gluten can be harmful to some people because it can cause diseases such as celiac disease or Crohn’s disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that occurs when the body reacts to gluten in food by damaging the lining of the small intestine. This can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that can be caused by gluten and other food proteins. Other people may have gluten intolerance, which means that gluten causes digestive discomfort, such as diarrhea, stomach pain or flatulence.

 Some people may also experience non-digestive symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches or eczema.

What effects does gluten have on the body?

Gluten intolerance is much more common than we think, it is a medical condition in which the body cannot digest gluten.

This can cause a variety of symptoms, such as stomach pains, diarrhea, nausea and general discomfort. Gluten intolerance is also known as celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. It is not the same as wheat allergy, which is an allergic reaction to wheat protein.

Why does this intolerance occur? Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which the body produces antibodies against the gluten protein. These antibodies damage the mucosa of the small intestine and this interferes with the absorption of nutrients. The only way to treat gluten intolerance is to avoid wheat, barley and rye.

Some people may have immediate symptoms after eating gluten-containing foods, while others may not have symptoms until several hours later. Symptoms may also be intermittent, that is, they may come and go.

It is estimated that one in one hundred people worldwide is gluten intolerant. However, most people who are gluten intolerant do not know it. This is because symptoms may be mild or intermittent.

It should also be noted that many people confuse the symptoms of gluten intolerance with other medical problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome or acid reflux.

All of this can result in many people not knowing that they are gluten intolerant and that they should avoid wheat, barley and rye.

And how can you avoid these foods?

Well, the same way we always recommend from RealVegy: reading the labels of the products you buy at the supermarket.

This is the only way to make sure they are gluten-free. It also means avoiding foods that you already know are made with wheat, such as pasta and bread, and foods that may be contaminated with gluten, such as rice noodles.

Fortunately, there are a wide variety of foods that are gluten-free, such as quinoa, rice and corn. There are also many gluten-free products on the market, such as quinoa pasta and rice bread.

Therefore, we would also like to remind you that our entire range of products is gluten-free, and are specially designed so that you can enjoy spectacular taste without having to worry about any kind of allergy or intolerance.

What other food allergens should I avoid?

Other common food allergens include milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, nuts, sesame seeds, peanuts, cashews, soy, and peanuts, among others.

It is also important to keep in mind that some foods that do not contain allergens in their natural form may contain allergens after processing. That is why we insist on the need to read labels.

For example, spinach itself does not cause any allergies, but if you buy creamed spinach, the manufacturer has probably added a milk derivative in its preparation and it will not be a good choice for lactose intolerant people.

Not everyone reacts the same way to food allergens. Some people may have a mild reaction, such as swelling or itching, while others may have a severe reaction, such as anaphylaxis.

In summary, if you have a severe reaction to a food allergen, you should consult your doctor for advice on which foods to avoid and to study your allergy in depth. Remember that it is important to avoid gluten if you suffer from celiac disease and that it is very important to be aware of other food allergens and to read product labels carefully.

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