Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, and if a person is intolerant to gluten, they must avoid certain foods. The number of people who suffer from coeliac disease, which is the medical term for gluten intolerance, is rising, as the symptoms can be difficult to identify, and often a medical practitioner will misdiagnose a coeliac issue. If you do suffer with coeliac disease, here is some useful information that will help you make the transition to a gluten free life.
- Research Coeliac Disease – If you are suffering with this condition, it makes perfect sense to learn more about it. Google allows you to read just about every publication made, and with a few clicks, you can bring up lists of websites that are full of information regarding the disease and how to avoid gluten. There are online companies, such as Juvela, who not only have a range of affordable gluten-free products, but also a wealth of useful information, and the online community also offer support to those who are newly diagnosed with coeliac disease.
- Foods to Avoid – Wheat, rye and barley can be found in many food products, and it can be frustrating when shopping for groceries, and for many sufferers, shopping online for gluten free products is the best solution. Some grain products do not contain gluten, such as corn, millet and rice, and the Internet can provide you with printable diet plans to help you formulate a weekly menu.
- The Online Coeliac Community – When a person is first diagnosed as gluten intolerant, it can feel like a shattering blow, and with no known cure available, the sufferer can easily become depressed. By joining an online coeliac forum, you can make contact with many other sufferers, and this will give you moral support, as you realise that having a gluten intolerance is far from being the end of the world. Providing you avoid foods that contain gluten, you can live a perfectly healthy life, and after a while, food identification becomes second nature.
- The Glycemic Index, or GI was developed to measure carbohydrates and how fast they are absorbed into the body after digestion. Food products that are low in the GI table, slowly release their energy, and would have a GI of 55 or under, and the higher the number, the quicker the energy is released – Pure glucose would have a GI of 100, and anything over 70 is considered high.
- Online Suppliers – Gluten free products are available in the high street stores, but the best way to source them is buying online. Typically, an online supplier would have the widest selection, and by buying in bulk, you can save a significant amount.
It is comforting to know you are not alone in avoiding gluten, and because there are millions of sufferers worldwide, there’s a wealth of useful information designed to help people who are gluten intolerant.