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Gluten Free Homemade Newsletter, Issue #018 -- What is a Gluten Free Diet?
February 08, 2018

What is a Gluten Free Diet?

Dear Friends,

If you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Non-celiac gluten Sensitivity, Gluten Ataxia, or wheat allergy, then you can improve your health by living on a gluten free diet.

The term, "gluten", denotes the different proteins and the gliadin peptide found in gluten containing grains and their derivatives.

These gluten containing grains are: barley, oats (cross contaminated in the field and during manufacturing), rye and wheat (atta, bran, dinkel, durum, einkorn, emmer, faro, graham, kamut, semolina, spelt, triticale, wheat berries, wheat germ).

A gluten free diet avoids these gluten containing grains, their derivatives and the gliadin peptide.

Oats are an Exception

While oats are by nature gluten-free, they are commonly grown in neighboring fields of gluten containing grains, are harvested, transported and processed with the same equipment used for gluten containing grains, causing the oats to become cross contaminated with gluten.

Some food manufacturers have put mechanical processes in place to "clean" gluten from regular oats to meet the legal standards in their country for gluten-free labeling.

Just because a processed food is labeled "gluten-free" does not make it Celiac Disease safe!

If you can tolerate oats, consume only certified gluten-free oats produced using purity protocols, grown in certified gluten-free fields, transported in dedicated gluten-free vehicles and processed in dedicated gluten-free facilities.

Most people with Celiac Disease can tolerate a small amount of certified gluten-free dry oats (about 1/2 cup per day).

Wheat-free does NOT mean Gluten-free!

Ingredients, flavorings, seasonings and food additives can be derived from other gluten containing grains not required to be disclosed on the ingredients label.

Gluten Free Diet for Life

For those with Celiac Disease, Non-celiac gluten Sensitivity, Gluten Ataxia, or wheat allergy, there are no pharmaceutical prescriptions or other treatments to help with symptoms or cure these gluten related medical conditions.

The only remedy is a 100% gluten-free diet, a permanent life style change for better health and quality of life.

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How to Go Gluten Free by Cat McMahon, Gluten Free Homemade Newsletter, January 12, 2018

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Happy noshing,
Cat McMahon

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