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Gluten Facts

Gluten Facts

Gluten is a protein that can be found in wheat, barley and rye, as well as in some grains. For example rice is a grain, but rice is also gluten-free.

Even though wheat contains gluten, wheat-free does not mean that a product will also be gluten free. Always check the label of produce if you are intending to buy gluten free.

Gluten can be found in foods you least expect, such as in condiments and spices as well as in dietary and vitamin supplements.

Gluten can also be found in a range of cosmetics like lipsticks and toothpastes.

Orthodontics materials have also been known to contain gluten.

The idea that humans cannot naturally digest gluten has never been definitively proven.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease that is caused by an inability to process gluten and there is no other method of treating it other than cutting gluten from your diet.

Gluten-free products are not necessarily healthier than those containing gluten. This is because some gluten-free products are high in saturated fats, sugar and sodium.

There are over 200 medical conditions that gluten can be found to attribute to, such as asthma and migraines.

Over 90% of coeliacs diseases have not been diagnosed or have been misdiagnosed.

Half of those with coeliacs disease do not show any symptoms.

People can also suffer from gluten intolerances and sensitivities.

Gluten can cause significant harm to those with coeliacs disease with a dose as small as one breadcrumb.

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