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What Is a Gluten-free Diet?

Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 04:54 PM

Have you ever been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, dermatitis herpetiformis, or celiac disease? You may benefit from eating a gluten-free diet. A gluten-free diet is especially helpful for people who are suffering from dermatitis herpetiformis — a skin disease induced by gluten.
Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in certain foods, such as oats and wheat. One of the most important components of gluten, gliadin, is responsible for celiac disease. Apart from those who suffer from this disease, many other people like to follow a gluten-free diet to promote their health. Most people like to eat either a vegetarian or a vegan diet along with a gluten-free diet.
Gluten-free diets have many benefits including:
  1. It gives relief from gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.
  2. It helps increase energy levels, making you feel much healthier.
  3. It relieves the symptoms of diarrhea and other illnesses.
  4. It controls the symptoms of diseases like dermatitis herpetiformis.
  5. It gives relief from a bloated stomach and itchy, stinging, and burning skin.
It is quite easy to follow a gluten-free diet, but ensuring that the diet is nutritionally adequate can be challenging. Consulting a nutritionist to find the best gluten-free diet tailored to you is your best option.
Another important and essential gluten-free dietary change requires replacing confectionaries containing flour with jam, sugar, honey, or marmalade. Gluten-free soups that are thickened with suitable flour are also available at the grocery store; this soup can be used to replace the regular sauces and stock cubes that have gluten content.
There are a number of gluten-free diet recipes that allow you to make many gluten-free delicacies like pizzas, ratatouille, chicken cacciatore, cheesy casserole, and tortilla lasagna.
These gluten-free recipes use gluten-free ingredients like rice flour, gluten-free quick rise yeast, honey, and cornmeal. Using rosemary, thyme, and oregano is also a good option. Olive oil, green bell pepper, and vegetables like onion and garlic are some of the main ingredients of these gluten-free recipes.

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