We have all heard about gluten lately and some may wonder why all the hype. Gluten is a protein complex found in wheat, barley, rye, kamut, triticale and spelt. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of those with Celiac disease. There are many people that don't have Celiac but are sensitive to gluten. I am in this category.
So how do you know if you are sensitive to gluten? The easiest way to find out if you have a sensitivity is to cut out all gluten from your diet for at least a week. Then add it back in very slowly and see how you feel. If you become bloated, gassy or end up rushing to the bathroom, then you can pretty much assume you are sensitive. There are also others signs of gluten intolerance that are not directly felt in your stomach like fatigue, headaches, tingling/numbness and brain fog. If you have any of these regularly, cutting out gluten is a great idea. It's incredible how much better I feel now that I am gluten free.
The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives to leave you satisfied and not feeling deprived! Here are a few grains and starches that are gluten-free:
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