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A lot of people either do not know that they are gluten-intolerant or take it for granted if they do. But gluten-intolerance brings a serious autoimmune problem that should be addressed as soon as detected.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, oat, and rye, among certain other grain choices that are part of most people’s diet. Keep in mind, though, that not all types of grain have gluten. Some gluten-free grains are corn, tapioca, polenta, and buckwheat. Just ensure before buying that they are fresh, not genetically modified, and not combined with other gluten-producing grains.
To know that your morning cereal, for example, is gluten-free, make sure to read the packaging labels and check if gluten is part of the ingredients. Other favorite food options that have gluten are pasta and bread, but there are alternatives now in most supermarkets. Make sure to inquire for gluten-free substitutes for these.
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Another thing to make you feel better if you’re gluten-intolerant is that many of naturally growing food are free of gluten, such as fruits, vegetables, cheese, eggs, fish, and meat. Build your diet around these meal choices.
Lastly, you should keep away from lager beer and ale, as these often contain generous amounts gluten. The good news is that not all alcohol types necessarily have gluten; you can still drink wine, sherry, cider, and most types of liqueurs. And, there are several gluten-free beers available now. The important thing is to ask first and never risk your health.
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