First and foremost, this article has nothing against products, companies and entities that are concerned. Gluten
Gluten is a Latin word which literally means ‘glued.’ It is the component of dough to be very elastic and adhesive. This made it widely used in almost every food production slates. From noodles to coffees to candies to crackers and thickeners to MSG. Generally, the most processed foods are the ones which are primary affected; the ones which contains the most amounts.
But where on earth did this come from? According to doctorauer.com, this is one of the many components of the grains that we are consuming for the past thousand years. Prior to that, they’ve claimed that we consumed wild plants, animal protein and others. Later on, due to the requirements of the growing society, agricultural innovations took place which lead to what we know today as the modern communities.
There are few children in existence, or any at all for that matter that doesn’t enjoy having copious amounts of candy to savour while watching television or relaxing at the park with his friends. For children who have to live with Celiac disease, (or gluten intolerance), nothing could be worse than to watch his friends have all of these delicious snacks bearing in mind that having them as well could cause serious illness or even death. These are horrible concepts for any child to process but luckily enough, with careful research and management, a child can have a number of alternatives that would remove such a perception of being deprived. Undertaking the very simple measure of reading the labels on the back of any packaged candy can mean the difference between life and death for these children. Any candy that isn’t packaged, or that contains no label is one to be avoided. While they may be gluten free candy, without any label to say one way or another, it is always better to be safe as opposed to sorry. Parents’ careful management of what is consumed by their children and education of dangers and safe alternatives toward the children can prevent needless visits to the emergency room for treatment.
What is Celiac disease and how does it affect us? Celiac disease is a state in which the lining within the walls of the small intestine are prevented from absorbing crucial food elements needed for the overall health of the body. The lining of the intestinal walls have sections containing villi, which assist in the body absorbing the nutrients as they pass through the area. As a result of the immune systems attack against the glutens found in the food that is eaten, the villi in those walls are damaged. Irrespective of how much food is consumed by the patient, the lining in those intestinal walls will not absorb the nutrients, leaving the patient to suffer the effects of malnutrition in spite of large volumes of food being eaten. It occurs when the patient consumes cereals such as barley, wheat, rye, and even oats which contain gluten although the exact cause of Celiac disease is generally not known.
Gluten intolerance causes havoc with the digestive system and without proper care and attention can lead to Celiac Disease, a life-long allergy to gluten. However, there are ways to continue to enjoy regular meals and dishes without having to forego eating breads and other delights. This is done by substituting gluten rich foods with those containing little or no gluten. In the case of those with gluten intolerance, it is easier to remove these foods and eventually overcome the intolerance than it is for those who have the full blown gluten type allergy. This means first removing all obvious gluten foods from a patient’s diet, followed by less obvious sources.
Gluten intolerance is also called gluten sensitivity. It is not just one specific illness, but a series of conditions where a person has a reaction, not necessarily sufficient enough to call it an allergy. However, the intolerance is sufficient to cause damage over time to the intestines, even affecting the chemistry of the blood. In some people, with autoimmune diseases, this intolerance can make them harder to treat and in others, show the opposite effect. Each person is definitely affected differently, but very few people are aware that they have an intolerance at all. Some notice subtle changes – their pants do not fit as well as they used to. They put it down to getting older. They feel intense fatigue, as well as more headaches, but put it down to insufficient rest and too much stress. Some try diet after diet to find that their belly fat just will not budge. Overall, each one of them feels unwell, though they never consider the fact that they might be suffering from gluten intolerance.