"Gluten acts as a poison to the system damaging the small intestine, flattening or shortening the villi over time, and causing malabsorption of the things our bodies need to function like vitamins and minerals. Basically, a person with this intolerance begins to suffer from varying levels of malnutrition, no matter whatever else they take in, unless they remove all gluten from their diet.
According to Celiac.com, which is a great resource, glutens are "specific food-grain antigens (toxic amino acid sequences) that are found in wheat, rye, and barley."
Secondly, eating gluten free is much easier said than done and takes concerted effort to get it right. I have written several posts on this subject with links to other articles as well. Here is an excerpt from "Post 1: Where to start," and the link.
"I became familiar with and began to avoid other odd things that might contain gluten like licorice, beer, gum, mixed drinks, meat rubs, spices, imitation crab, soy sauce, canned whip cream, some of the mixes for specialty coffees and most fast foods which may contain fillers or are cross contaminated by the oil used for both gf and non gf."
- See more at: http://www.kimberlycarol.com/gluten-free/category/post-1-where-to-start#sthash.ZdbIzjfT.dpuf
From my Post 2 with link below, "Post 2: What to eat, sub, and avoid":
Foods to eat and snack on
1. raisins, apples, nuts, hard cheese in basic form like cheddar cubes, grapes, celery, carrots, Yoplait yogurt, boiled eggs, peanutbutter, Mary's gone crackers, Boar's head deli turkey, spinach/deli/cheese wraps, instant grits, v-8, oranges, bananas, almond milk, baked potatoes with steamed veggies and grated cheese, milk, ice tea, hot tea, swiss cheese roll ups, pears, peaches, applesauce, gluten free chips and crackers, zuchinni as a sub for pasta, and my favorite brussel sprouts toasted until almost crunchy with drizzled olive oil and salt in the oven or baked asparagus with Philadelphia cream cheese. Don't forget basic Hershey bar in the regular size for chocolate cravings ( : and strawberries. For the dieters and drink mix needers, Medifast has gluten free stuff now. - See more at: http://www.kimberlycarol.com/gluten-free/category/post-2-what-to-eat-and-sub#sthash.VI78L5Tw.dpuf
Additionally, my Post 4 was about nutrition. This post is important because those with Celiac Disease have to makeup for lost vitamins in avoiding all wheat and wheat protein. For me, nutrition is huge because I went undiagnosed so long that my body had quit absorbing vitamins. Here is a "Post 4: Vitamins and gluten free" excerpt and link.
"Eliminating so many foods leaves me personally low in zinc and B-12 if I don't pay attention and correct it. Zinc deficiency remains a culprit in skin issues like itching and my hair thinning/alopecia. According to Medical News Today, the "Best dietary sources include shellfish, beef, gluten-free whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds." - See more at: http://www.kimberlycarol.com/gluten-free/vitamin-deficiency-awareness-for-the-gluten-free-by-necessity#sthash.7x0Ch05s.dpuf
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