What is Gluten and why you need to know about it?
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.
Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance
- Irritable bowel, diarrhea OR constipation
- Mood Swings/ Depression
- Gastric Reflux
- Poor Growth/ Failure to thrive in children.
- Behavioral Problems in children
- Low Energy/ Exhaustion
- Headaches and Migraine
- Autoimmune Diseases such as Lupus, Eczema, Hypothyroidism etc.
Real Gluten Facts – Which grains have gluten?
Wheat, rye and barley are grains that contain gluten.
Naturally Occurring Gluten-free Grains:
Real Gluten Facts – Gluten & Chronic Illness?
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.
Labels with Hidden Gluten
- Added Vegetable Protein
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
- Texturized vegetable protein (TVP)
- Natural Flavouring
- Nature Identical Favouring
Real Gluten Facts – You do not know
Modern wheat has 50 times – yes, that’s right- 50 times the amount of gluten that was present in the older varieties that our ancestors ate.