Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease?

Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease?

Gluten intolerance is getting more common but there is a very big difference between that and celiac disease.

Gluten Intolerance shares some of the gut-related symptoms as celiac disease but is a less severe condition.

Celiac disease must exclude gluten from their diet whereas gluten intolerence can slowly reduce consumption and even consume small amounts without experiencing any symptoms.

So what is Gluten?

Gluten is a family of proteins found in wheat… It gives dough its elasticity and makes bread soft and chewy.

Gluten is located in the endosperm and nourishes plant embryos during germination.

 In Latin, gluten means “glue” and that’s what it does by glueing two proteins together, gliadin and glutenin. 

Gluten Intolerance

 Gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity is the body’s inability to break down and digest the gluten protein found in wheat and other grains.

Common Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

Diarrhea and constipation
Bloating
Abdominal pain
Nausea

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune disease triggered by consuming gluten. It is not an allergy or an intolerance to gluten.

When gluten is eaten, the protein interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food because of the damage to the small intestine called villi.

This damage to the villi will make it nearly impossible for the body to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, leading to malnourishment.

Common Foods Containing Gluten

Many common foods contain gluten

  • Breads
  • Pastas
  • Crackers
  • Cereals
  • Flour
  • Cakes
  • Biscuits

Gluten Free Grains

Quinoa
Rice
Buckwheat
Amaranth
Arrowroot
Cassava
Millet
Sorghum
Soy
Tapioca

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