DISEASE AND WHEAT ALLERGY OR INTOLERANCE
& COOKING ARTICLE
and wheat allergy or wheat intolerance
disease is found in people who are sensitive to gluten.
Gluten is found in wheat and other cereals. What this
means for sufferers is that gluten causes damage to
the lining of the small intestine which then leads
to problems absorbing the nutrients and vitamins from
food. The treatment for the disease is quite simple
. . . remove all sources of gluten from the diet.
doctors believe that Coeliac disease is genetic and
therefore there is nothing you can do to avoid it
if it is in your family genes. The treatment for the
disease is to avoid eating any food which contains
gluten because it is the gluten which causes the problem.
If you suspect you may have Coeliac disease you should
consult your doctor who will, if his diagnosis confirms
your fears, recommend sticking to a gluten-free diet.
If you need help he will also recommend you to a dietitian
who can advise you about which foods contain gluten
and how to maintain a balanced diet without wheat
and the other cereals you must avoid.
is a protein that is found in flour made from wheat
and is also present in rye and barley. Gluten is the
reason flour can be formed into dough and then rises
during baking. Because flour is used in so many food
manufacturing processes (some which would probably
surprise you) gluten can be found in many foods although
the most obvious are bread and pastry. For example
flour is used as a thickener in many food products.
you follow a gluten-free diet you will feel healthier
and more energetic, as well as reducing the risk of
developing future problems. Your Coeliac disease will
never go away so sticking to a gluten free diet is
important for your health. Finding wheat and gluten
free products has never been easy and although many
food manufacturers now make alternative products for
people with Coeliac disease many of them are fairly
bland and tasteless. To enable you to stick to a controlled
diet you need to find alternative foods which are
both tasty as well as nourishing.
allergy or wheat Intolerance?
is a lot of confusion about the terms food allergy
and intolerance. This has led many people to think,
wrongly, that they are allergic to certain foods including
wheat. True wheat allergy is extremely rare.
often confuse the terms food allergy and food intolerance
as being the same. They are of course not the same.
food allergy is described as an abnormal response
to a food brought about by the body's immune system
and, without going into great biological detail, causes
the release of histamine which is responsible for
inflammation and the other symptoms of an allergic
intolerance will not trigger such a response but it
may cause symptoms such as migraines, bloating or
skin rashes, and in some cases can worsen the effects
of conditions such as asthma, eczema or migraines.
food allergies, such as an allergy to wheat, often
produce quite violent reactions, from swelling of
the lips and tongue or a red rash to the worst case
scenario where the reaction can be fatal.
studies have shown that around 1% to 2% of the population
suffer from a food intolerance (excluding those who
suffer from Coeliac disease). This equates to between
650,000 and 1,300,000 people.
you think you have a wheat allergy you should consult
05 September 2005
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