For most people, wheat, barley, and rye are just grains, but for someone with celiac disease, these gluten-containing ingredients can cause a lot of uncomfortable symptoms. Think you may have an issue with gluten? Read on to learn more about celiac disease, the most popular foods containing gluten, and symptoms to look out for. But before you cut it from your diet, it’s important to work with a doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Your doctor can also help support your transition to a celiac-friendly diet, which involves becoming an expert on all the hidden sources of gluten.
According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes an immune response that damages the small intestine when gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye) is present. This may cause unwanted side effects (review the list below) or damage the intestinal tract if left unaddressed.
The Celiac Disease Foundation reports that anyone who has a first-degree relative with celiac disease (such as a parent, sibling, or child) has a 1 in 10 chance of having it themselves. But because it’s possible to have celiac disease without a family history, be sure to check with your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms below.
Some of the most common symptoms of celiac disease include:
Celiac disease symptoms in adults may appear unrelated to the digestive system, but don’t overlook these possible warning signs.
A two-step approach may be used to test for celiac disease.
As we mentioned, gluten is a naturally occurring protein in wheat, barley rye, and it’s present in a host of popular ingredients, especially packaged foods. Here’s a list of foods that contain gluten.
Here are a few more tips for avoiding foods containing gluten.
Here’s a list of foods that don’t contain gluten to get you started with a celiac-friendly diet.
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