Real Gluten Facts – You do not know


What is Gluten – Where is Gluten

Gluten means “glue”, in Latin. It is a protein that gives bread its airy and fluffy texture and dough its sticky texture. It’s also used as a stabilizing agent in many processed foods, such as desserts, salad dressings and mayonnaise. Real Gluten facts – You do not know is that it is in almost everything from beauty products to packaged foods to medications and supplements.

Gluten is found in some grains, mainly wheat. Almost all children with Autism have Gastrointestinal (GI) Disturbances. Some even have the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Leaky Gut Syndrome. These disorders are linked to gluten. Also they are seen in varying degrees in patients of Autism, ADHD and related disorders.

Some Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance can be the following:

  • Irritable bowel, diarrhoea OR constipation
  • Mood Swings/ Depression
  • Gastric Reflux
  • Poor Growth/ Failure to thrive in children.
  • Behavioural Problems in children
  • Low Energy/ Exhaustion
  • Headaches and Migraine
  • ADHD
  • Autoimmune Diseases such as Lupus, Eczema, Hypothyroidism etc.

Real Gluten Facts – You do not know

Wheat, rye and barley are grains that contain gluten.

Naturally Occuring Glutenfree Grains:

  • Oats
  • Millet
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Sorghum
  • Soy
  • Flax
  • Amaranth
  • Rice

Real Gluten Facts – You do not know

Gluten Intolerance, Hypothyroidism and Autism/ADHD are interlinked!! During processing and packaging cross-contamination of these grains with gluten can and does occur, mostly because the same facility is used to process gluten containing or wheat products. Gluten is commonly found (hidden) in many processed foods. Quite a few food additives are made from gluten-grains.

Some labels that contain gluten as an ingredient are:

  • Maltodextrin
  • Added Vegetable Protein
  • Malts
  • Starches
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Texturized vegetable protein (TVP)
  • Natural Flavouring
  • Nature Identical Favouring
Anupama Singh

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