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We are beginning to hear more and more about Celiac disease. Gluten free products are now easily becoming available at any grocery store. But does gluten free mean Paleo? Is gluten free healthier? What exactly does it mean to be diagnosed with Celiac disease?
These are all questions I have been forced to figure out over the past year after being diagnosed with Celiac disease.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac is an autoimmune disorder, it is not contagious and it does not go away. The disorder causes the body to become unable to process gluten, the more it is consumed, the more detrimental it is to the body of a Celiac individual. Gluten is a gut irritant and can cause numerous problems to those with Celiac.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is often termed as wheat but it is not only wheat. Gluten is also found in barely and rye in addition to all wheat products. It can often be hidden in labels under other terms; an example of this is brown rice syrup. While brown rice does not contain gluten, brown rice syrup does! Simply because a label states that it does not contain wheat products, doesn't mean it is gluten free.
Are Gluten Free Foods Paleo?
Not quite, while all Paleo foods are naturally gluten free, many gluten free foods are not Paleo. There are many grains that are naturally gluten free including rice, millet, quinoa, etc that are not Paleo. Take caution with gluten free foods, it's easy to label them as healthy when they aren't: a cookie is still a cookie, gluten free or not. Also many gluten free foods lack the vitamins and minerals found in whole grain foods. The best choice is always sticking to more fruits and vegetables and less grains overall, whether or not they are gluten free.
Some tips for those with Celiac:
One of the things that I was completely unaware of until being diagnosed with Celiac was the amount ... Continue
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