How many times have you read on some product that it is “low carb” or “fat free”? Well, you should be ready for a brand new buzzword – “gluten-free”. You have surely noticed that almost every product that is currently in the market screams that it is “gluten-free”, but what this means and why is this so important? Should you or your family go “gluten-free”? Should you measure your gluten intake at all? These are just some common questions that have been asked many times since we first started seeing “gluten-free” products on the shelves in our local markets. In this article, we will cover the basics about gluten and answer all your questions about gluten.
Basics that you need to know about gluten
How to recognize celiac disease? (gluten-related disorder)
Some of the most common symptoms and signs of celiac disease in children are constipation, stomach bloating, diarrhea, failure to grow, dental enamel effects and delayed puberty. If you are suspecting that your child could have celiac disease, you can always talk to your doctor about getting your kid tested. Symptoms and signs are similar for adults: constipation, diarrhea, bloating, weight loss, anemia and irritable bowel syndrome.
Should you avoid gluten, even if you don’t have any of the gluten-related disorders?
Doctors say that you should not avoid gluten if you don’t have to. Actually, all gluten-free diets are medically prescribed and neither your or your child should go gluten-free if there is no medical reason for it.
Should I pay more for gluten-free products?
According to experts, there is no reason for paying extra for any product, just because it is labeled as “gluten-free”. Furthermore, this trend has sparked a new wave of small businesses – specialized stores with only “gluten-free” products. Experts say that these “specialized” stores offer practically the same products as your local markets, but at higher prices, just because they are specialized in one type of products. If you are prescribed a “gluten-free” diet, than you can consult a professional about what products you should buy and which you should not.
Do “gluten-free” snacks for kids require special preparation?
In the past, this was the case, however, now it is a completely different situation, since most of the snacks for kids are now produced as gluten-free and safe for those kids who are on this diet. On the other hand, if you would still like to make the snacks yourself, you can find lots of different recipes on the Web for gluten-free snacks.
Is every product that is labeled as “gluten-free” healthy?
Unfortunately, not every product that is labeled as “gluten-free” is healthy and before you buy anything, make sure that you read the description. When you go to your local market, make sure that you buy breads, cereals and pastas that are both labeled as “gluten-free” and made out of whole grains or they have been enriched so that they now have more B vitamins and irons, which are very important for all people who are prescribed with gluten-free diets.